Bay Ridge Courier boxes stolen

Nine dispenser bins stolen in three weeks makes for 22 taken in all

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Who’s afraid of the Bay Ridge Courier?

A literacy-loathing larcenist has stolen nine sidewalk boxes containing the renowned local newspaper since the end of April, robbing the Ridge of its only real newspaper.

The no-goodnik hit seven locations between 9 am on April 30 and 7 am on May 2, snatching corner Courier boxes at 88th Street and Fifth Avenue, 85th Street and Sixth Avenue, 69th Street and Third Avenue, 84th Street and Third Avenue, 69th Street and Fifth Avenue, and Ovington Avenue and Fifth Avenue.

The news-napper also jacked a bin at the corner of 78th Street and Fifth Avenue that contained Brooklyn Family magazines — another offering of the Community Newspaper Group, the company that publishes The Brooklyn Paper and Courier Life papers, among others.

The press pilferer struck again overnight on May 8, snatching another two bins from Fifth Avenue at the corners of 86th and 88th streets.

Boxes for other print products were not stolen from any of the locations.

Leaders at the Community Newspaper Group condemned the heists as a crime against the press and people of Bay Ridge.

“We’re deeply disturbed that our boxes in Bay Ridge are disappearing, depriving the neighborhood of local stories that are meaningful to them,” said James Spielman, vice president of marketing and operations. “I hate to think it’s somebody who doesn’t like what we’re putting in our papers.”

This isn’t the first time box burglars have swiped Bay Ridge Courier containers. In fact, the boxes stolen from 88th Street and Fifth Avenue and 69th Street and Third Avenue were replacements for bins poached last year, when 13 Courier boxes vanished overnight on Oct. 1 — making a total of 22 missing Courier containers in eight months.

Police said they closed the investigation into the April 30–May 2 disappearances after not being able to track down any video footage of the news-napper in action. The investigation into the most recent pair of purloined periodical dispensers remains open.

We ask that anyone with any information about the disappearance or present whereabouts of our boxes please contact Will Bredderman at (718) 260–4507,, or via Twitter at

Reach reporter Will Bredderman at or by calling (718) 260-4507. Follow him at
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Law & Disorder from Brooklyn says:
Ck out all the recycling places that have sprung up all over the place.They buy anything and the thieves are out there during the night.
May 13, 2014, 10:10 am
Funny! from TOO FUNNY! says:
Are you referring to this rag as a "real paper"???

Sounds like somebody might be fed up with these unlicensed distribution boxes that pay NO money to the city for the use of the streets, and claims that freedom of the press outweighs civic rights.

How much are you guys paying the city to pop those boxes anywhere you want to? Oh, right...not a darn thing. It's your right. Uh-huh.
May 13, 2014, 12:07 pm
Alexander from Fort Hamilton says:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press
May 13, 2014, 12:30 pm
DT from out of town says:
You must have been taking your alliteration vitamins before you wrote this article, love your phrases like "literacy-loathing larcenist".
May 13, 2014, 2:06 pm
Ed from Bay Ridge says:
Perhaps the thief just hates ugly, tacky "street furniture."
May 14, 2014, 10:52 pm
Me from Bay Ridge says:
I agree Ed. Why can't Bay Ridge get the consolidated boxes like they have in Manhattan? The low ones that can be seen over, preferably.
May 16, 2014, 11 am

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