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Teens charged with stealing newspaper boxes

Posted January 10, 2010 7:42 a.m. EST

— An 18-year-old and a 16-year-old from Halifax County were charged with stealing newspaper vending machines after they used only quarters to make a purchase.

Detective J.A. Merritt, with the Halifax County Sheriff's Office, said that a deliveryman that two boxes were missing from both the Halifax SuperSaver and Elias' Supermarket Wednesday.

State Department of Transportation workers found one stolen box belonging to the News & Observer and another box, which investigators are trying to determine if it was stolen.

Cpl. C.A. Scott identified two suspects after they made a large purchase at another local convenience store using all quarters, Merritt said.

On Friday, Harvey Kristin Miles Jr., 18, of Halifax, and Adam Guidan Vernava, 16, of Roanoke Rapids, were arrested and charged with two counts each of breaking-and-entering a coin-operated machine, larceny, possession of stolen goods, conspiracy and injury to personal property.

Miles was given a $3,000 bond, and Vernava a $4,000 bond. Both were scheduled to appear in court Jan. 26.

Any businesses that use coin-operated machines are urged to check on them and report any damage or theft to law enforcement.