Authorities are looking into the possibility that two Baltimore men arrested in Annapolis earlier this month could be involved in a rash of thefts of newspaper street boxes in the county over the past three months, Officer Scott Collins, a spokesman for the Annapolis Police Department, said yesterday.
The boxes are worth between $200 and $400 and typically contain between $20 and $50 in coins, police said.
Annapolis police charged Delano F. Thornton, 48, of the 3000 block of Granada Ave., Baltimore, and Kevin J. Wilkins, 31, of the 3900 block of Barrington Road, Baltimore, with the theft of a Washington Post box from Georgetown Road and Victor Parkway.
The two were arrested on Forest Drive after police found a Post box under a sheet in the bed of their pickup truck. Police said they also found several pairs of gloves, bolt cutters, pliers and wrenches in the rear bed of the truck.
Earlier, Michael Stanley Cialkowski, a Post distributor, told police that he had seen two men take a box off the corner and drive away with it in a silver Isuzu truck.
Mr. Wilkins, who police said delivers newspapers for the Annapolis Times and Baltimore Times, told authorities that the two stole the box for money for alcohol, but that "he had never done this before," a police report says.
This week, a Harmans man found three discarded Baltimore Sun newspaper boxes in the woods off Clark Road, near Ridge Road and off Harman Road.
Police recovered all three boxes and said the cash boxes had been taken.
That is consistent with the other thefts of boxes belonging to The Sun, the Annapolis Capital and the Washington Post.