February 1, 2013

Burglary ring targets LA Times subscribers


Apparently, there are risks in still getting your newspapers delivered the old fashioned way!

Andrew Blankstein writes in the Los Angeles Times that three men have been accused of breaking into the homes of Times subscribers who were on vacation.

The men had access to a list of subscribers who had requested that the paper not be delivered while they were on vacation.

“Detectives said one of the suspects obtained lists of subscribers who had submitted “vacation holds” to a vendor that distributes newspapers for The Times. Officials said they have identified 25 victims but believe there are more than 100.”

The men apparently stole more than $1 million worth of property.

“Officials said a break in the case came last summer, when Glendora police pulled over one of the suspects who had a list of addresses as well as stolen property. Sheriff’s detectives spent weeks studying the list and eventually determined the addresses belonged to Times subscribers who had stopped delivery while on vacation. Maher said detectives at first probed whether the list was obtained through computer hacking but eventually determine it was an inside job.”

Eventually the police followed the clues to a man that serviced machines in the distribution centers that subcontract with the Times to deliver the paper.

The Times have changed their delivery policies since the incident.



Ariel Bogle is a former publicist at Melville House.