Newspaper rack carrier sees dramatic drop in theft

Published: Sep. 5, 2016 at 9:13 PM EDT
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Michaelyn Blackwell
Michaelyn Blackwell

MOULTRIE, GA (WALB) - A Moultrie woman said she has seen a dramatic drop in stolen newspapers in the two weeks since WALB shared her story.

Independent Contractor and Rack Carrier Michaelyn Blackwell reached out to WALB after she said 90 of her newspapers were stolen from multiple racks in one day.

She said thieves often target newspapers for the coupons.

Blackwell said many people didn't realize this was theft until they saw the story, and she's seen a major difference since it aired.

"This past weekend we had no theft.  Zero. That's a big zero," she said. "I'm amazed.  I'm amazed that the people that saw it understood that it was actually coming out of our pocket.  It amazed me."

Blackwell added they had no thefts, even though they had some of their most popular coupons in last week's issue.

Last year, she said she lost nearly $2,600 to newspaper stand theft.

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