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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Computer Theft Delays Weekly Newspaper

By MICHELLE E. SHAW / www.ajc.com

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

More than $50,000 worth of computers and electronics was stolen from Beacon Media Companies in Roswell, causing its weekly print editions to be several days late.
“Approximately 80 percent of our subscribers should be receiving editions this week,” said John Fredericks, publisher of Beacon Media. “But of course there’s information in there that’s two weeks old.”

Beacon Media, publishes the weekly Roswell Beacon, Alpharetta Beacon and Milton Beacon and has a circulation of 55,000, the publisher said. The company also operates beaconcast.com and broadcasts a high school game of the week though IPTV.

Fredericks said Monday that it took his staff almost a week to get back on its feet. He said this week’s production schedule was running on time.

The theft occurred Sept. 7 but wasn’t discovered until the next day when the first employee arrived for work, according to a report taken by Roswell police. At least one door had been pried open, the report said.

Fredericks said the retail center where Beacon offices are located, on East Crossville Road, has been burglarized before.“This is the fifth time since April that someone has broken into a business in this complex,” he said. “It is a very sophisticated crew that is doing this.”

Fredericks said the company has insurance but there is no way to make up for the inconvenience. “The disruption to our company and customers was massive,” he said.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'd almost feel sorry for them...but their paper is such a POS...

-Travis Allen

Anonymous said...

there's no chance they had $50,000 worth of computers in that office ...

Anonymous said...

Hmmmm

Same day Fredericks has his house foreclosed, all the office goodies are ripped off?

Call me a conspiracy theorist, but this one sounds like the insurance folks need to sniff around the local pawn shops.

I wonder how many cases of booze you can get for all those computers and printers?

Anonymous said...

Would have to agree. Not a chance that even half of that amount was stolen. Any insurance company that pays $50,000 without fully checking out everything, finances, outstanding debts, verifiable receipts, etc., deserves to go under. I believe it is called insurance fraud. Never known for his honesty, this is just one more string of lies.