- Cullman, Alabama

July 31, 2011

Cash reward offered for conviction in newspaper, coupon thefts

By Justin Graves
The Cullman Times

CULLMAN — A cash reward is being offered to anyone who provides a tip that leads to the arrest and conviction of someone who is stealing newspapers.

In recent months, the number of newspapers and advertisement inserts being stolen from The Times' racks has increased. These thefts not only affect the business, but also the carriers who purchase and profit from the single-copy sales in each rack.

Because of these thefts, The Times is offering a $500 reward for a tip that leads to the conviction of someone stealing from newspaper racks.

"My carriers are honest and hardworking people who don't deserve to be treated this way," said Sam Mazzara, circulation manager at The Times. "Over my 31-year career as circulation director, it has never been this bad.

"We have already collected the descriptions and tag numbers of several residents who have been seen taking more than one copy (of the newspaper) or thumbing through a rack pulling out the manufacturers coupons. We are serious about this theft problem. "If you are guilty of stealing from our racks and don't want to see your name in the arrest reports, I suggest you stop stealing newspapers or coupons from the racks."

Theft of property is a criminal offense punishable with possible jail time and a monetary fine.

* Justin Graves can be reached by phone at 734-2131, ext. 225 or by email at