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Extra! Extra! Thieves Nab Newspaper Boxes

Posted February 20, 2007

— Since mid-December, thieves have stolen nearly 30 newspaper vending machines throughout Wilson, police said.

Most of the machines have been taken in the areas near U.S. Highway 301 and Forest Hills Road, police said.

"It's probably our No. 1 crime right now," said Detective Eric Kearney of the Wilson Police Department.

Police said money is the likely motive for the crimes. Someone is stealing the $800 machines to get the coins inside, they said.

"With the amount of stands we've had taken, if you add up -- if you do a safe estimate on some of the stands -- (it starts) adding up," Kearney said.

The thieves are targeting machines that aren't anchored down and that contain USA Today, The Wilson Daily Times and The News & Observer newspapers, police said.

Shirley Griffin, who makes her living filling Wilson Daily Times machines, said the thefts are frustrating.

"I think they should pay for a paper rather than steal them," Griffin said.

Gannett Co., which owns USA Today, has offered a $500 reward for information leading to an arrest. Wilson CrimeStoppers plans to add $1,000 to that reward.

Anyone with information in the case is asked to call the Wilson Police Department at 252-399-2323 or Wilson CrimeStoppers at 252-243-2255.

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  • Dunn-onian Feb 21, 2007

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  • Connecticut Yankee Feb 20, 2007


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  • No Quarter Feb 20, 2007

    The thieves sure as heck aren't stealing The Wilson Daily Times for the great reading...what a joke that paper is. The Times' "journalists" owe the AP half their salaries.

  • regularguy_nc-at-yahoo.com Feb 20, 2007

    Definately "Cracktivity" in that area...
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  • miss.lady252 Feb 20, 2007

    It is more than likely some young stupid teens just doing something. They dont understand just how much money they are stealing with the cost of the machines and papers plus the coins in the machine. Just someone who has no life. Its a shame for anyone living in Wilson. I live in Wilson.

  • lovecarolinagutters Feb 20, 2007

    WHATEVER, I could'nt agree more. Seems everyone is just waiting to criticise one another. What sad commentary to our society.

  • deerslayer Feb 20, 2007

    The crackheads have hit an all time low....

  • WhatEver Feb 20, 2007

    I am almost 100% positive that no one here has the intent on turning their blogs into a thesis. Who kears bout speling AnD ghramer ANd punktwoashun.

    At least this will give the cops something to do.

  • BlarneyStone Feb 20, 2007

    lol... NCSUSally.... I have to agree with you. That was too funny! But don't leave Gina out... It's their and not there!

  • NCSUSally Feb 20, 2007

    psssshhhhitslexi- the ridiculous part is the spelling- rediculous? and islandgirl.. do you really think, honestly believe, these people are taking it cause they can't find a job? perhaps they can get a job editing these comments like yours riddled with grammatical and spelling errors! i'm sure they're stealing the newspaper boxes for the reading content.