DEPUTIES: $30,000 Taken By Minges Bottling Manager

An assistant regional manager for one of the most well-known businesses in Eastern Carolina made a brief appearance in jail overnight for embezzlement charges.

The Pitt Count Sheriffs Office says 38 year old Christopher Coggins of the Minges Bottling Group faces five counts of embezzlement and one count of larceny by an employee.

Deputies say $30,000 was taken from machines in four counties.

Detectives say Coggins was caught on tape using keys to open drink machines and take money out. A key tracking system also helped identify Coggins as a suspect, authorities say.

Deputies say the crimes have been going on since last September in Pitt, Craven, Lenoir and Greene Counties. They say Coggins turned himself in.

Jail reports show he posted a $10,000 bond.

In a statement, Minges Chairman & CEO Jeffrey Minges says Coggins is a former employee and that they are cooperating with authorities on their ongoing investigation.

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