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Police: Man delivered stolen newspapers for years

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[January 30, 2009]  PHILLIPSBURG, N.J. (AP) -- Police in New Jersey say a man stole stacks of newspapers and delivered them to unsuspecting customers for years.

Phillipsburg police say Michael Farrell was delivering copies of the Express-Times of Easton (Pa.) for the last three years. The problem was, police say he was stealing the papers from boxes.

Newspaper officials say the Lopatcong Township man worked in the past as a carrier for the paper. Customers assumed the 53-year-old still did. Some even wrote him a check every month. Subscriber Mike Markle of Phillipsburg, a town about 60 miles west of Newark, says he was satisfied with the service. He never had a problem getting his morning paper.

[Associated Press]

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