Police are investigating the thefts of newspaper boxes that were stolen over the weekend from shopping centers around the county.
In one incident that authorities believe to be separate from the other thefts, eight boxes owned by the Capital were stolen between Friday and Monday, police said. The value of the boxes and cash was placed at $3,150.
Police said they have two suspects, including a former employee of the Maryland Gazette, a twice-weekly owned by the Capital-Gazette Newspapers.
The eight boxes were stolen from shopping centers from Glen Burnie to Severna Park to Crofton. Police recovered several of them at Severn Danza Park, near Quarterfield and Telegraph roads.
In each case, the top portion of the box that holds money was removed. Each box is valued at $330 and contains about $20 in cash and newspapers.
The other, apparently unrelated incidents, occurred either Friday night or Saturday morning. One Capital and one Sun box were stolen from the Odenton Shopping Center, on Route 175.