The woman, identified as Sybil Hobson, 37-years old and a resident of Denton, Texas, was arrested and charged with fraudulent destruction by the local authorities. Prior to the woman’s arrest, the police were already doing an investigation based on information forwarded by a man who had been hired by a vendor. The hired man was to watch for possible coupon stealing on the newsstands. This kind of coupon theft has been giving newspaper vendors a problem, as Sunday newspapers that do not have coupon inserts do not get sold.
According to a police report, the man who forwarded the information to them said that he saw a woman driving a Cadillac SUV stop at two vending racks. The woman put in money for a Sunday newspaper, but then removed all the coupon inserts from all the newspapers in the rack. When the woman was approached and told by the man that what she had done had been reported to the police, she went into her car and then drove away. She was still unable to avoid being caught though, as a clear description of her was given to the police, allowing for her identification.
Hobson is currently facing a Class A offense, which has a fine of up to $4,000 and is punishable by jail of up to a year. Hobson was originally charged with a Class C offense, however, detectives changed the charge to a more serious one after consulting with the county’s Office of the District Attorney.