A man suspected of using a crowbar to pry open a Sounder Train ticket machine in Sumner and steal the cash box is being held in lieu of $5,000 bail.
Derik Hansen, 32, pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges of first-degree malicious mischief and second-degree theft.
A witness called police just before 3 a.m. Tuesday to report seeing a man break into the ticket machine at 810 Maple St. and take the cash box and bill vault inside.
The officer who responded heard a noise at a business across the street and saw rustling in the bushes.
“The noise was coming from the back of the business and sounded as if someone was trying to break into the business due to the metal clunking sounds,” according to charging papers.
The officer ordered the man to the ground. In the process, a wad of cash totaling $1,378 fell out of the pocket of the man’s hooded sweatshirt.
Police also found a crowbar, torn-up tickets and bolt cutters in the bushes.
Sound Transit estimated the ticket machine would cost $8,000 to replace and the cash box and bill vault were worth $5,000.
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