Teens face charges for damaging soda machine, theftTwo teens accused of pulling a pop machine off the side of the Poplar Mobil Gas Station with a truck and breaking into it waived preliminary hearings in Douglas County Circuit Court on April 24.
By: Superior Telegram, Superior Telegram
Two teens accused of pulling a pop machine off the side of the Poplar Mobil Gas Station with a truck and breaking into it waived preliminary hearings in Douglas County Circuit Court on April 24.
Bryan Daniel Hoyt, 16, of Poplar and Houston Anthony Wachsmuth, 19, of Lake Nebagamon each face one count felony criminal damage to property and misdemeanor theft and entry into a locked coin box, all as a party to a crime, stemming from the March 14 incident. Both teens pleaded not guilty to the misdemeanor charges at their initial hearings and were released on identical $2,000 signature bonds. They were ordered to have no contact with the Poplar gas station.
According to the criminal complaint:
Hoyt, Wachsmuth and another person pulled up to the gas station in a truck from the west on the snowmobile trail. They shot at the surveillance camera with a BB gun, then chained the Coke machine to the truck and took off down the trails toward Highway D, pulling the machine off the building and busting it open. About $60 in change and some of the bottles of pop were taken.
The machine was valued at $1,800, the card reader was worth $400 and the cage around the machine, which was also busted open, was worth about $1,000.
Their next court appearances are in June.