PORTLAND – Someone has once again been jamming TriMet ticket machines and stealing customers’ money.
TriMet officials said cigarette butts have been stuffed into some of the ticket machines, which caused the cash inside to get stuck. Then, someone comes back later to pull out the obstruction and take the money.
A surveillance camera got recent video of a man jamming something into at least one of the TriMet machines.
The problem was initially only happening in downtown Portland, but TriMet officials said it has begun to appear in other areas, too.
The crime is considered a Class A misdemeanor and carries a $6,200 fine.
Anyone with information that may help investigators was encouraged to call police. They could earn a $1,000 reward.
Back in July, undercover officers arrested a suspect Friday who was jamming cigarette butts into TriMet ticket machines as part of a racket to steal customers' change.
Police arrested 20-year-old Devin Anthony McDonald after conducting an undercover surveillance mission at the Rose Quarter Transit Station, said Sgt. Pete Simpson with Portland police.