Woman charged with stealing newspapers
CROWLEY – Jessica Meyers of Crowley was issued a misdemeanor summons by the Crowley Police Department after a complaint was made by a newspaper carrier stating she was stealing Sunday papers.
According to the complaint, Meyers drove up in a white Hummer to a newspaper rack at the Crowley Post Office consisting of The Daily Advertiser on Sunday and instructed a nine-year-old boy to take more than the one newspaper she paid for. It is unknown if the child was her son or not.
“On June 26 around 6:27 a.m. we received a complaint that newspapers were being stolen from a newspaper rack,” Crowley Chief of Police K.P. Gibson said. “The gentleman witnessed a juvenile getting out of the Hummer and removing more newspapers than was paid for. He wrote down the license plate number and filed a complaint.”
According to David Leger, who was the carrier, this was something that had been going on for more than three weeks.
“Three weeks ago 26 papers were taken out of the machine,” Leger said. “Two weeks ago 15 were taken out of that machine and this past Sunday 10 was taken. I just so happened to be there when she pulled up and was able to get pictures.”
Meyers was not arrested, but instead charged with theft and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
“Surely this isn’t the first time something like this has happened,” Gibson said. “Sometimes people take more papers than they paid for and damage or steal the machines. It just doesn’t always get reported. We need citizens to get involved like they did in this case for other criminal acts as well, because the police can’t do it alone.”
Leger said taking more newspapers than paid for is something that needs to be stopped.
“When people do this, it not only hurts the paper, but it hurts me and the people in the community,” Leger said. “Word has definitely gotten out around town. If you put enough exposure on it, people will stop doing it.”
Gibson said the wrong kind of message is being sent to children when acts like this are committed.
“Just because you put money in, doesn’t mean you can take as many as you want,” Gibson said. “Stealing is stealing. If you want something, pay for it. We take all crime very seriously, but what makes this worse is that a juvenile was involved. The child was taking these papers under instruction from her, so what is that saying to the juvenile? You are teaching that kid to do something that is wrong.”