Myrtle Creek man leaves significant damages after lighting 3 vending machines on fire

A man was arrested early on December 19 for stealing the change from three vending machines by lighting them on fire. The owner of one of the business said the vending machine wasn't the only thing damaged.

Posted: Dec. 20, 2017 5:19 PM
Updated: Dec. 20, 2017 5:51 PM

ROSEBURG, Ore. - The owner of a business who had a vending machine set on fire said it wasn't the only thing damaged.

Early on Tuesday morning, a man was arrested for allegedly lighting three vending machines on fire to steal the change inside them.

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Police said Jason Deschenes robbed the vending machines at T & D Coin Laundry in Riddle, the Leisure Inn in Canyonville, and the Holiday Inn in Roseburg before they found him at Roseburg's Walmart exchanging the stolen change for a cash voucher.

The owner of T & D Coin Laundry said Deschenes caused his business significant damage. Not only did he lose the vending machine and all of the merchandise inside of it, but he said his business has damage from the smoke as well. 

"In these cases, it looks like he set fire to this property that could have set the entire business on fire. Obviously, there's a danger to property if not people in the area," said Sgt. Dennis Chrisenbery with the Roseburg Police Department. 

Deschenes was arrested and charged with criminal mischief in the first degree, arson in the second degree, and theft in the third degree.

As of Wednesday afternoon, December 20, he remained in the Douglas County Jail.

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