A man in Oregon was arrested for allegedly robbing several bottle drops in different locations across the state in order to purportedly spend the money on a Hummer and trips to the casino.
On September 5, a man was arrested and accused of a series of robberies of recycling bottle drop machines that the authorities believe began about 5 months ago.
The suspect, 34-year-old Brett McQuiston, was reportedly identified around midnight after being seen by a security guard patrolling a Beaverton bottle drop facility just outside of Portland. The security guard reported that someone wearing a ski mask, purportedly to hide their appearance, was holding a crowbar and acting suspiciously near the machine.
The police were alerted and dispatched to the facility where they reportedly ran into McQuinston as he was trying to flee on foot with cash they alleged he obtained by pilfering from the machines.
McQuiston was placed under arrest for the suspected theft, and the police reported that during questioning he told them that he did take money from the bottle returns. He additionally allegedly copped to doing it another time in Beaverton at an earlier date, as well as hitting up machines in Tigard, Redmond, and Corvallis.
The total amount of money that McQuiston has been accused of stealing was estimated at $30,000.
When he was questioned about the allegedly stolen money McQuinston was reported as disclosing that he had a streak of bad luck with quite a bit of it while gambling at a casino, and also purchased a Hummer H3 with some of the money.
The vehicle allegedly bought by McQuinston was confiscated by the authorities and is reportedly expected to be used as evidence in the prosecutor’s case against the man.
At his indictment on Monday, McQuiston was charged with three counts of first-degree burglary, and three counts of first-degree aggravated theft. According to online records, he remains incarcerated in the Washington County Jail.
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