Department of Correction Employee Indicted for Allegedly Stealing Thousands of Dollars from Vending Machines
DEDHAM – An employee of the Department of Correction has been indicted on breaking and entering and larceny charges in connection with more than $8,000 he allegedly stole from vending machines in the Greater Boston area, Attorney General Martha Coakley’s Office announced today. He is a former employee of a vending machine company.
Donald Packard, age 36, of Brockton, was indicted today by a Norfolk County Grand Jury on the charges of Breaking and Entering into a Depository of Money (7 counts) and Larceny over $250.
In May 2012, Massachusetts State Police assigned to the AG’s Office began an investigation after the matter was referred by Next Generation Vending, LLC, a Stoughton-based company that owns and operates the vending machines allegedly broken into by Packard. Packard has worked at the Department of Correction at the Bay State Correctional Center in Norfolk since 2010 as a corrections officer. Prior to that, he was an employee of a vending machine company whose Massachusetts assets have since been purchased by Next Generation.
Authorities allege that between September 2011 and July 2012, Packard accessed and stole from various vending machines located in the Norwood, Westwood and Dedham areas. Investigation revealed that all of the vending machines that Packard targeted were originally owned by the vending machine company that Packard worked for until 2010, and that they all required a particular key that he used during his prior employment. Authorities allege that he kept this key and used it after he was no longer employed with the vending machine company to access and steal more than $8,000 from vending machines.
In July 2012, Packard was arrested by Massachusetts State Police assigned to the AG’s Office and subsequently arraigned in Dedham District Court. Packard was indicted today by a Norfolk County Grand Jury. He is due in Norfolk Superior Court for arraignment on October 19.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Sarah Bookbinder, of AG Coakley’s Public Integrity Division, with assistance from Investigator Taylor Glynn, of the AG’s Financial Investigations Division, and the Massachusetts State Police assigned to the AG’s Office. Authorities from the Department of Correction also assisted in the investigation.