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Man arrested for stealing hundreds of Redbox items

PHOENIX — A man is behind bars after allegedly stealing close to $31,000 worth of movies and video games from Valley Redbox locations.

Vincent Bandin, 35, somehow managed to override the vending machines’ security systems and steal at least 680 DVDs, Blu-Ray movies and video games over a two-year period, according to the Phoenix Police Department.

Bandin would then sell the items to local video game vendors and drug dealers, said Phoenix officer James Holmes.

“He admitted he has a drug problem,” said Holmes. “And his whole point of stealing from Red Box was to support that drug habit.”

Detectives from the Phoenix Police Business and Economic Stability Team (BEST) were contacted by Red Box security after the company noticed the thefts.

Holmes said Redbox is working on adjusting the security features on its vending machines.

Bandin was booked into jail on charges of theft and trafficking stolen goods.