'DAILY NEWS' DRIVERS ARRESTED FOR STEALING RIVAL PAPERS

Accused of Swiping Bundles of 'New York Post' and 'New York Times'

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NEW YORK (AdAge.com) -- Two Daily News deliverymen were arrested in Garden City, N.Y., yesterday for allegedly stealing bundles of the New York Post and The New York Times over a three-month period from October through January, Nassau County police said today.
A police investigation determined that the News deliverymen were making off with stacks of other publishers’ papers during their regular rounds.

The alleged theft doesn’t rise to the level of, say, a Pink Panther caper; police said the newsstand owner lost about $2,100. But the allegations suggest that New York’s circulation wars remain fiercely hot.

Police investigation
According to police, the owner of a newspaper stand at the Nassau station on the Long Island Railroad contacted them to complain that his deliveries of the Post and the Times were going missing. That prompted an investigation by police from the Metropolitan Transit Authority, Garden City and Nassau County who determined that the News deliverymen were making off with stacks of other publishers’ papers during their regular rounds, according to police.

The men were charged with grand larceny and released on a desk appearance ticket for a future court date, when they will make their pleas. Only one of the men charged actually works for the News as a delivery driver; the other is a former News employee who apparently worked for the driver.

Neither could be reached for comment.

“We are cooperating fully with the police investigation,” said Donna Dees, a News spokeswoman. She declined to elaborate further.

"It is a police investigation," said Toby Usnik, a Times spokesman. "We're just monitoring what they find." The Post declined to comment.

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