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Department of Corrections employee charged in Dedham, Norwood, Westwood vending machine theft

Posted by Natalie Feulner  October 12, 2012 04:15 PM

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A Department of Corrections employee was indicted on charges of breaking and entering and stealing more than $8,000 from vending machines in Norwood, Dedham, and Westwood, the state Attorney General’s Office announced Friday.

Donald Packard, 36, of Brockton, was charged with seven counts of breaking and entering into a depository of money and larceny over $250, a news release said.

According to the office of Martha Coakley, State Police began an investigation in May after a referral by Next Generation Vending LLC, a Stoughton-based company that owns and operates vending machines.

At the time, Packard was working at the Department of Corrections at the Bay State Correctional Center in Norfolk as an officer. Before that, he was an employee of a vending machine company that was later purchased by Next Generation.

Authorities said that between September 2011 and July 2012, Packard stole from vending machines located in the three towns that has bee owned by the company he worked for in 2010 and required a key he used during his employment.

Packard was arrested in July and arraigned in Dedham District Court. He was indicted Friday by a Norfolk County Grand Jury and is due in Norfolk Superior Court for an arraignment next Friday.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Sarah Bookbinder along with Investigator Taylor Glynn and State Police.

Natalie Feulner can be reached at natalie.feulner@gmail.com.

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