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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A man with a history of breaking into vending machines is wanted for allegedly committing the same crime again overnight.

Wilmington Police say they were called to Neuwirth Motors at 219 S. College Rd. around 12:30 a.m. for a report of someone breaking into a soda machine. They say when they got there, the suspect sped off in a blue Volkswagen Beetle. Officers did not pursue because of the weather.

A short time later, they got a report of that vehicle wrecked in the 5100 block of Oriole Drive, but no one was in the car when police got there.

The owner of the car told investigators Daniel Chris Gibides had the car. The owner said Gibides, 44, had called him to say police were looking for him.

WPD has warrants for Gibides for breaking and entering and hit and run from these incidents. Spokeswoman Cpl. Leslie Irving says Gibides also has two outstanding warrants for felony breaking and entering.

Court records show Gibides has pending charges in Brunswick County, as well. The NC Department of Corrections website shows he has served time for breaking and entering, including several times involving vending machines, larceny and drug possession.

If you have any information on where Gibides is, call law enforcement.


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