Police arrest man breaking into vending machine at Mesa school

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MESA, Ariz. -- Mesa police arrested a man after finding him breaking into a vending machine at a high school early Wednesday morning.

At approximately 3 a.m., police officers responded to Mountain View High School at Brown and Lindsay roads after the owner of a vending machine company reported a theft. The owner reportedly had monitoring equipment linked to each machine.

According to Mesa police Sgt. Ed Wessing, the officers heard drilling and saw someone on the upper level of one of the school buildings breaking into a vending machine.

An officer also observed a vehicle in a nearby parking lot and said the ignition appeared to have been drilled.

Officers established a perimeter and two K-9 units responded to assist. Wessing said the suspect saw the officers and began to flee but surrendered after not having any route to escape.

The suspect was taken into custody and identified as Scott Allran, 41.

Wessing said Allran had a Spider-Man soft hood that was most likely used to conceal his identity.