A Valencia-area vending machine thief struck so often that the Guardia Civil had to launch a special probe to catch him.
Operation Baldy began after reports of a number of wrecked machines on roads in areas easily accessible to passers-by.
The 30-year-old thief not only stole all the money from eight units but also items to later sell on the black market.
He hit in Alberic, Catadau and Llombay.
The man cleverly tampered with the machines with the help of a battery drill and screwdriver to quickly carry out the thefts.
The value of the stolen objects and the damage to the machines amounted to more than €10,000.
He was arrested in Llombay when he was carrying a drill, bits, gloves and a screwdriver.
He has been charged with eight counts of robbery with force.