The incident happened on the morning of Jan. 3 at Summerchase Apartments on North 28th, according to police.
Surveillance video shows the man tampering with the vending machine and then rocking it back and forth in an attempt to get items from it.
Police say he was unsuccessful. But before he left, he unplugged a surveillance camera from the laundry room and put it in his pocket before leaving.
If you have any information on this incident, call the River Valley Crime Stoppers tip line at (479) 78-CRIME or the Van Buren Police Department at (479) 474-1234.