Bethany Police On The Lookout For Vending Machine Burglar


Thursday, July 11th 2013, 7:35 pm
By: News 9


While executing a search warrant, Bethany Police say they've uncovered a burglary operation, including the tools used in the burglary. Now they say they just need the man behind it all.

The suspect never showed his face to the surveillance while sneaking in behind two guests at the Holiday Inn in Bethany. Police say he avoided the cameras, broke into the vending machine, and made off with the cash - letting nothing stand in his way.

Detective Mark Girten said when the night clerk confronted the suspect, he assaulted him and ran out the door. 

Police say he didn't hide enough of his identity. The hat shown in the video led them to Luther Stanart, a convicted felon with a long rap sheet for burglary, assault, and drugs.

"He stealing probably to support his drug habits," said Girten.

Investigators say Stanart gets no more than $300 in each burglary, but it costs the vending machine companies twice as much to fix the damage.

If you know where Stanart is hiding, call Bethany Police. They say he's facing several criminal charges and is likely behind several crimes in Yukon and El Reno.