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EDMOND, Okla. - Whether they are after the money inside or after the drinks, Edmond police said thieves are targeting vending machines.

"Stealing a whole machine? That's unheard of," Robert Prater said.

Prater said four vending machines used to sit outside his work at Homeland on W. Edmond Rd.

Now it's down to one since 7UP reported three stolen Wednesday.

"Bizarre, it's really unusual, especially three in one location," Edmond Police's Jenny Monroe said.

Vending machine hijackers are not new.

Machine owners said thieves not only want their money, they reuse them, or they sell the parts.

At about $1,800 a piece, the machines are worth $5,400.

These machines are pretty big and they are not light; fully loaded, companies said they weigh 800 pounds.

To take them, a person would need special equipment.

So how the thieves got away with goods without being noticed is puzzling.

"Could have been that somebody was at the grocery store and saw them loading up and thought someone was supposed to be taking them," Monroe said.

If someone did see the thieves, she said she hopes they call the Edmond Police Department.

Meanwhile, workers will be looking for looters in the future.

"I think, 'Man, that's crazy.' I'm really thirsty, I'm trying to get a drink, you know? People come out here and steal and I'm just trying to work and get some refreshment," Prater said.

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