Thieves are targeting Southern Standard blue racks around the community and stealing newspapers. The thieves pay to buy one newspaper, then take more than they paid for once the door is open.
The problem is especially pronounced on Sundays when coupons are inserted in the newspaper.
"It hurts everyone when people steal several newspapers while only paying for one," said Standard circulation director Dale Stubblefield. "When that happens, it often prevents our regular customers from buying a newspaper because we're out of copies due to the ones that have been stolen."
Stubblefield points out the newspaper is the Standard's product. He said most people wouldn't think of walking into a store and stealing items off the shelf, but newspapers have been disappearing at an alarming rate.
"The money we collect from selling newspapers is a vital part of our operation," said Stubblefield.
Because of that, the Standard will prosecute newspaper thefts.