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Officers release ‘bandit’ trapped in school’s snack vending machine

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He wore a bandit’s mask and was caught with the goods. And, oh yea, the suspect had four legs and a furry brush tail.

“This gentleman was apprehended today while committing a burglary of a vending machine at Pine Ridge High School,” the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office said.

There he was. The raccoon stuck inside a vending machine at the high school in Deland — surrounded by fruity snacks, bags of chips, Pop Tarts and candy bars. His little, worried-looking face peered out from the collection area at the bottom of the machine.

But all’s well that ends well.

A deputy called to the scene, Danny Clifton, summoned Deltona Animal Control and together they hoisted the vending machine on a dolly, wheeled it outside and opened the machine so the raccoon could escape.

“He did so with a little encouragement, and he’s off to his next adventure,” the sheriff’s office said in a Facebook posting showing the creature eventually running to freedom.

No charges are pending.

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