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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  • by to LEO on Feb 15, 2010 at 05:50 PM
    I do have a job, but would never want to be a policewoman. Little pay and some of you are just plain crooked.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 14, 2010 at 04:18 PM
    To LEO: I would like to thank you and the rest of the LE community for your sacrifices. Keep up the great work and don't let some unappreciative individuals get to you. They are just jealous that they didn't persue their dreams and don't have any job satisfaction at the end of the day. Keep your head up, there are alot of thankful people counting on you and the rest of the force.
  • by LEO Location: PittCounty on Feb 14, 2010 at 03:05 PM
    It never seems to amaze me that no matter what law enforcement does it's never enough. If it was ignored and not solved then it would have been seen as law enforcement not doing their job. Now that it's solved the officers that caught this guy with the help of the community are being put down saying that they should be working on bigger cases. As an officer I can tell you people like this are typically involved in bigger crimes or if not stopped then they tend to progress to much bigger crimes. It seems that the officers are danged if they do and danged if they don't. For the ones talking bad about the officers either keep quiet or give up your nice safe job (if you have one), go to BLET and get certified, work long hours for little pay and sometime put your life on the line for someone else because it's the right thing to do. Don't sit back at home on the computer and pretend to know anything about protecting the innocent. Good job in locating this low life.
  • by Curious on Feb 14, 2010 at 02:59 PM
    Whats wrong with you morons? he didnt steal newspapers, he stole the coins out of the newspaper boxes. Duh
  • by hi on Feb 14, 2010 at 07:54 AM
    That bail money would have bought a lot of newspapers!
  • by Josephus Jr. Location: Bear Grass "Capitol Of The East" on Feb 13, 2010 at 06:14 PM
    Thank God they caught this horrible thieft.Now Me & Watchdog Bubba will no longer have Have to Sit up all night Just in case He comes over to my trailer home & Steals my Frige which contains my Bolonga & Cheese. Now i can rest in peace at last.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 13, 2010 at 05:38 PM
    Now that he is caught,will he still use the news paper to read or to wipe his ...?
  • by Jamal Location: Fairfield on Feb 13, 2010 at 04:11 PM
    Maybe he was gonna send it to our troops. Strike'n paper is worth alot under the right circumstances.
  • by Curious Location: NC on Feb 13, 2010 at 05:31 AM
    To Someone: What is the link we can find out about his past history in South Carolina ?
  • by Someone Location: South Carolina on Feb 12, 2010 at 10:27 PM
    Get real hear...He has the same crimes in S.C. Do you think he will stop at this? I say Not. His wife is just as bad, only she didn't get caught this time. They are both know as the News Paper Bandits in S.C. Only bad thing about it is they got away with it and blamed it on someone else in S.C. Check out their profile in Darlington, S.C.

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