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Police: Man caught stealing from vending machines needed lunch money

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Matthew Thomas Moses (provided) Matthew Thomas Moses (provided)

GOOSE CREEK, S.C. (WCIV) -- "Oh God…Oh my God…I'm starting a job tomorrow…I just needed some lunch money," said Matthew Moses as he was being arrested. That's according to police reports from Goose Creek police.

The 33-year-old man is charged with burglary in the second degree, being in possession of implements capable of being used in a crime and resisting arrest, all for allegedly stealing money from vending machines at Stratford High School.

Police were called by the Sonitrol Alarm company for a "glass breakage alarm" at the school's Technology and Industrial Building around 9:30 p.m. Sunday. Dispatch told police on the way to the school that more alarms were going off in the ROTC wing and that "the alarm company stated it sounded like something was being destroyed inside the building."

According to police reports, they found Matthew Thomas Moses in the hallway and after a brief struggle, they were able to arrest him. Officers report that as he was being led to the police car, he lamented the fact that he just needed some lunch money and that he had found the door to the school open.

"I'm going to go to prison for a long time, huh?" officers report he said to them.

Police say they found $125 in one dollar bills in Moses' coat, a yellow crowbar and a "grasping claw type instrument."

According to reports, once school officials showed up, they told police that a yellow crowbar had been used in another previous break-in as well and the identified the suspect's hat and gloves as a match to the man they saw in their surveillance video.

Police reports show that offense happened on Thursday, October 18 and $420 was reported missing.

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