Thieves are swiping coupons from newspapers
MOULTRIE, GA (WALB) - "They're on video, said newspaper rack carrier Michaelyn Blackwell. "So I'd rather them come to me than me go to them, but I will go to them."
That's the message Blackwell has for criminals who steal the coupons out of newspapers in the stands.
She says she has caught thieves on camera paying for one paper to open the lid, taking out multiple newspapers and returning them, but not before pocketing loads of coupons.
"It's not complicated, said Blackwell. "It is that simple. More than one paper is a theft. You know why? It doesn't say buy one get one free."
Blackwell says the criminal then cashes them at local stores, but she says those stores could help in catching the criminals.
"But if you got somebody turning in 50 coupons for Marie calenders, you need to look at that."
It pains Blackwell, but hurts her pockets even more. She said she lost around 200 dollars due to theft just this past weekend.
She has assisted in turning a couple coupon ringers over to Moultrie Police.
With all of the money she is losing, she has a promise to the thieves still on the loose.
"I Will get them"
Blackwell is a independent contractor for the Moultrie Observer, but she says the same crime is happening in other city's in South Georgia.