The Glendale Police Department has arrested two in connection with a rash of Glacier Water Machine burglaries that have occurred throughout the Valley since the first of the year. There were 8 cases in Glendale and over 50 other related incidents that occurred in Phoenix, Mesa, Surprise, Buckeye and Avondale.
In these incidents, the suspects worked as a team and often sat in a business parking lot where a Glacier Water vending machine was located and waited for the business to close. They then cut into the machine taking only the cash. Glendale Police Detectives believed the same two suspects were involved in these burglaries occurring during the overnight hours throughout the valley.
Detectives were able to identify a person of interest and conduct surveillance. On Friday, April 3, 2015 detectives observed the two suspects burglarize a Glacier Water machine in the 3600 block of West Camelback Road. The two were taken into custody without incident. The suspects have been identified as 29 year-old Fred Vaden and 33 year-old Veronica Barraza, both residents of Buckeye. Both were booked on charges of burglary and criminal damage. Photos are attached.
Glendale Police detectives are working with other agencies in order to link these suspects to water machine burglaries they may have committed in other cities. It is estimated that each machine that was burglarized will cost $1,000.00 to repair in addition to the currency taken from the machine.