PALMDALE –Two independent delivery contractors for the Antelope Valley Press were arrested for stealing thousands of newspapers from the company, authorities said.
Joel Hernandez, 24, and Jacob Moran, 22, were arrested Wednesday for felony embezzlement. Moran, who is on active probation, was also arrested for probation violation.
The two brothers were contracted by the Antelope Valley Press to deliver newspapers, but instead, the men had been taking the newspapers to recycling yards and collecting money for the papers, according to Sgt. Kyle Bistline of Palmdale Station’s Partners Against Crime (PAC) Team.
When deputies went to the pair’s Palmdale home in the 38000 Block of 16th Street East to talk to them regarding the investigation, deputies found an additional 9,000 newspapers still bundled and stacked in front of the house, Bistline said.
The two brothers were arrested around 10:50 a.m. Wednesday and each jailed in lieu of $20,000 bail. Hernandez was released early Thursday morning, but Moran is still in custody. Both are due in court on Friday to answer charges.