Police: Newspaper carrier burglarized homes

Argus Leader | KTIV

KTIV reports that the newspaper carrier in Sioux Falls, S.D., "targeted homeowners who had alerted the Argus Leader that they'd be out of town and wanted their newspapers held so they wouldn't have tell-tale mounds left on their doorsteps alerting would-be burglars that they weren't home." He's charged with burglarizing one home; police say he could be linked to eight more. The Argus Leader reports that it has terminated its contract with the carrier.

In another crime that won't help newspaper circulation, a (now former) Milwaukee Journal Sentinel employee "hatched [a] plan to make money during the holidays" by working with another man to put fliers in customers' mailboxes soliciting tips for supposedly delivering their papers. The fliers, which said, "I've made it through heavy snow, blinding rain, fog, hail, subzero temperatures, generally some really crummy weather," netted several hundred dollars in tips. But it was pretty easy to finger the guys; one of them put his name and address on the fliers. || Related: Man arrested after shooting at newspaper carrier (News & Observer)

  • Steve Myers

    Steve Myers was the managing editor of Poynter.org until August 2012, when he became the deputy managing editor and senior staff writer for The Lens, a nonprofit investigative news site in New Orleans.

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