MARTINS FERRY, W.Va., May 13 (UPI) -- West Virginia police are trying to figure out why a thief walked out of a store with an empty gumball machine.
In a surveillance video, a man is seen throwing a brick or rock through the window of a Convenient Mart in Martins Ferry around 3:30 a.m. Thursday.
"We can't figure out a motive as of yet. The gumball machine was empty of gumballs and money," Detective Bob Walton told WTOV-TV, Steubenville, Ohio.
The burglar, who may have been wearing a mask, ran to the back of the store, straight to the gumball machine, and took it and nothing else, Walton said.
"The store is a state liquor store. There was numerous bottles of liquor and cartons of cigarettes right there right beside the gumball machine, and none of that stuff was taken," the officer said.
"When he left, he was carrying a 4-foot-tall gumball machine, so he obviously wouldn't be running," Walton added. "Our best guess is that he went back down the alley to where he was, to a house in the area, or to a waiting vehicle."