NEW INFO: Newspaper Box Thief Caught

A Grimesland man is under arrest, accused of breaking into newspaper boxes in Beaufort County.

Chocowinity police say they arrested Frederick Kennedy after someone recognized his picture and Jeep from the Internet. Police say he confessed and is charged with five misdemeanor counts of breaking and entering into coin operated machines.

A surveillance camera captured the suspect breaking into a newspaper box in front of a store in Chocowinity. Police say three Daily Reflector boxes in Chocowinity and two in Washington were broken into.

Kennedy was released on a $5,000 bond.


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Someone is breaking into newspaper boxes in Beaufort County and lawmen want to see if you know who the thief is.

A surveillance camera captured the suspected thief at one of the businesses in Chocowinity. Police say so far the man is responsible for breaking in to three Daily Reflector boxes in Chocowinity and two in Washington.

To view the surveillance pictures, click the PHOTO tab at the top of the story

The man appears to be white, in his 20's or 30's and weighs around 200 pounds. All of the break-ins happened during the morning of January 25th. In one of the cases, the man locked himself out of the green Jeep Grand Cherokee. Surveillance video shows after checking all four wheel wells for a hide-a-key, the man got back in by climbing through the sunroof. Police say because of that the vehicle may not belong to the thief.

If anyone knows the identity of the man in the pictures you should call Washington police at 252-948-9437 or Chocowinity police at 252-946-2882.


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