For Immediate Release - April 09, 2013

Former Department of Correction Employee Pleads Guilty to Stealing Thousands of Dollars from Vending Machines

DEDHAM – A former employee of the Department of Correction has pleaded guilty and been sentenced to breaking and entering and larceny charges in connection with more than $8,000 he stole from vending machines in the Greater Boston area, Attorney General Martha Coakley’s Office announced today. He is also a former employee of a vending machine company.

Donald Packard, age 37, of Brockton, pleaded guilty yesterday in Norfolk Superior Court to charges of Breaking and Entering into a Depository of Money (7 counts) and Larceny Over $250. After the plea was accepted, Superior Court Judge Kenneth Fishman sentenced Packard to three years of probation and ordered that he pay full restitution to Next Generation Vending, LLC.

“This defendant violated public trust by engaging in this criminal conduct while he was a public employee,” AG Coakley said. “He is being held accountable for breaking into and stealing thousands of dollars from vending machines.”

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 broken into by Packard. Packard worked at the Department of Correction at the Bay State Correctional Center in Norfolk as a corrections officer and resigned on March 7, 2013. Prior to that, he was an employee of a vending machine company whose Massachusetts assets have since been purchased by Next Generation. 

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. Packard 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 by a Norfolk County Grand Jury and arraigned in Norfolk Superior Court in October 2012. He pleaded guilty to all charges yesterday and was sentenced. 

The case was 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.

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