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Dickens charged in more vending machine thefts
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William Corey Dickens, 28, faces more charges of vending machine burglary after being charged with theft of property under $500 in connection with the robbery of machines in Alexandria. Ray said that on Tuesday, April 9, Dickens unlocked 7-Up and Coca-Cola vending machines at Prichard's Foods and took $160 from them.He allegedly opened the machines with a seven-pin tubular lock pick ordered from the internet.Dickens already faces charges that he robbed four machines in Smithville, as well as recently being charged and incarcerated in Putnam and Warren counties for the similar offenses.His bond was set at $2,500 on the latest charges, and he will appear in court on May 22.Meanwhile, a 30-year-old Smithville man has been charged in a March 11 break in at a business on Highway 70.Christopher Trent Barnes of Smithville was charged with burglary and theft of property over $1,000. Barnes allegedly entered through the front door of Maggies Landing while the gar and grill was closed.According to Sheriff Patrick Ray, criminal detectives determined that Barnes took two 12-gauge shotguns, a nine millimeter handgun, a .22 caliber rifle, rolled and loose change, and other items with a total value of more than $1,000.His bond was set at $10,000, and he will appear in court on June 6.A Sparta man was charged in the 2012 burglary of two homes on Johnson Chapel Road.Travis Marcus Melton, 20, was charged with two counts of aggravated burglary and two counts of theft of property over $1,000.