Fortunately for the raccoon, deputies decided to let him off with a warning, escorting him back to his woodland home with care.
“What they did was put the vending machine on a dolly and wheel it to the back of the school where there’s a nature area,” Andrew Gant, spokesman for the sheriff’s office, told The Dodo. “Then they opened the door and the raccoon ran to freedom on his own. They didn’t want to freak him out.”
It’s unclear how many snacks he may have consumed before the little guy’s plans went awry, but this little crime has actually made his kind all the more endearing to authorities.
“I love raccoons,” Gant said.