Brigantine, NJ - (NBC) - Brigantine Police arrested two men for allegedly stealing thousands of area newspapers Friday. According to police, they wanted to stop the public from reading about a recent drug arrest of one of the suspects.
Michael Dulay, 27, was arrested on charges of drug possession March 19, according to authorities. The report of his arrest was then printed in Friday's editions of the Brigantine Beachcomber and the Brigantine Times, two weekly newspapers.
Police arrested Dulay and his friend Daniel Herbein, 29, a Brigantine firefighter. Herbein helped his friend steal the newspapers to prevent the story of Dulay's drug arrest from getting out in the small Jersey Shore town, according to police.
An off-duty police officer apparently saw the men taking the papers from a grocery store, but didn't realize what had occurred until reports of missing papers came into authorities.
Both men were charged with two counts of theft and one count of conspiracy, say police.
Herbein has been suspended from his firefighting job without pay as a result, police say
Dulay's drug arrest was included in both papers' Police Blotter section, but now the publications plan to make the latest news a front-page story.
Perhaps the two men are more familiar with French quotes, rather than British. As Napoleon once said, "...Newspapers are more to be feared than a thousand bayonets."