A Willits man has been arrested on suspicion of vandalizing a vending machine, causing an estimated $3,000 in damage.

Jeffrey Ashline, 48, was allegedly found in front of the vending machine when deputies arrived at a business in the 3000 block of North State Street in Ukiah about 1:37 a.m. Thursday, sheriff’s officials reported Monday.

As deputies arrived, Ashline walked away from the machine, but was quickly detained, sheriff’s officials said. Deputies found the machine’s locking mechanism damaged and a crowbar and small portable torch nearby.

He was booked on suspicion of attempted burglary, felony vandalism and possession of burglary tools, and held on $15,000 bail.

You can reach Staff Writer Glenda Anderson at 707-462-6473 or glenda. anderson@pressdemocrat.com.

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