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1,200 La Mirada Lamplighter newspapers stolen from newsroom office prior to distribution

 

La Mirada Lamplighter newspapers stolen from newsroom prior to distribution

Members of the Cerritos Sheriff’s Department are investigating the theft of 1,200 undelivered community newspapers from outside the office of Los Cerritos Community Newspaper on early Friday morning.

By Brian Hews

Members of the Cerritos Sheriff’s Department are investigating the theft of 1,200 undelivered community newspapers from outside the office of Los Cerritos Community Newspaper on early Friday morning.

According to Brian Hews, Publisher of both the Los Cerritos Community Newspaper and La Mirada Lamplighter, over 1,200 printed newspapers of Friday’s edition of the Lamplighter were stolen from the front of the Lamplighter office located at the corner of Artesia Boulevard and Shoemaker Avenue in Cerritos.

Brian Hews, publisher of the Lamplighter, said that their home-delivery person, Eddie Garcia, leaves the papers at the office at around 4 am in the morning with other business delivery drivers taking those papers between 7 am and 9 am.

“Our Sports Editor Loren Kopff took the Cerritos papers at 7:30 am, and said the Lamplighter papers were in front of the office when he left. Maria Gonzalez, Lamplighter Marketing Consultant, arrived at the office at 8:30 am and saw that the Lamplighter papers were gone, so they were obviously taken between 7:40 and 8:30”, said Hews.

Hews went on to say, “$1,000 papers are worth over $1,000, so this is a big deal. And I am especially angry because this denies our La Mirada readers who get the paper at their business, and who have local residents come in to their business for the paper, in reading this week’s paper. We have a large following at City Hall, the Resource Center, Splash! and the Senior Center they will be especially upset”.

“Yes they could have been taken for recycling”, Hews said, “but why would they leave over 1,000 of the Cerritos newspaper behind? It is very suspicious”.

Hews said that he has filed a report with the LA County Sheriffs and they will follow up with the case. “The investigating officer thought it very suspicious too that other papers were left behind. “She asked if I thought I had any suspects in mind, and I did give them a couple names”, Hews said. He also noted that the the recycle value of the 1200 copies would only be around $3.
If anyone has any information you can call the Lamplighter offices anonymously at 562.407.3873 or email [email protected].

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Its 4Pm on a Friday afternoon. I have a ton of things to do before dinner. But that can wait. Tis is important and it must be saiod now. I am just going to share a few thoughts with the readers of this paper and America. A ‘FREE PRESS” is essential to a free society. What has happened to this community newspaper is unforgiveable and a down right attack on our freedom of speech and as us as Americans! I am not going to sit here and say nothing about this blatant attemp to intimidate, harrass and destroy this community… Read more »

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Maybe they forgot the Cerritos ones and figured they would come back to recycle those too?