Suspected newspaper thief busted

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By Jeff M. Hardison

Officers with the Chiefland Police Department said they nabbed a suspected newspaper thief in the act of stealing papers from the Chiefland Citizen rack in front of the Post Office on Jan. 23.

Rita Lynn McMillen, 51, of Trenton was charged with petit theft.

This particular newspaper rack had fallen prey for the past three months, according to records.

McMillen confessed to pilfering papers from newspaper racks at the Post Office and the CVS drug store, police said. The total loss to the newspaper company from thefts at those racks was $259 over the past few months.

In the Bell's parking lot, police took inventory of the 50 papers they reported seeing her pinch from the Post Office and the 10 other copies she allegedly purloined from CVS.

The CPD was contacted to help capture the thief after flyers were placed in newspapers in the Post Office rack, which offered a $5 reward to any person who bought one of those newspapers from a place other than that rack. When that didn't work, the newspaper asked for help from the CPD.

"Can I ask why you took the papers?" Chiefland Citizen Circulation Manager Kandi Long asked McMillen.

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