Newspaper thief nabbed in Chiefland

Published: Saturday, January 26, 2008 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 25, 2008 at 11:55 p.m.

Some people use old newspapers to line the bottom of a birdcage.

One woman took the practice a step further and stole more than 2,000 copies from newspaper stands and racks to put on the floor of her home, where she has several dogs, Chiefland Police allege.

Officers staked out a newspaper stand outside the Chiefland post office Wednesday evening to keep an eye out for the thief, said Chief Robert Douglas.

Douglas said police agreed to hunt for the culprit after the Chiefland Citizen contacted the agency about two weeks ago to report that approximately 2,400 newspapers had been stolen from racks over three months.

The chief was watching from an unmarked car, and another officer was also nearby when they saw a woman drive up to the stand.

"She puts in 50 cents and takes out a stack of 50 newspapers," Douglas said.

The officers pulled over Rita McMillen, 51, of Trenton and found the stacks of stolen newspapers.

Douglas said McMillen told officers she had six dogs and used the newspapers to put on the floor. McMillen is facing several petit theft charges, the chief reported.

Lise Fisher can be reached at 352-374-5092 or

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