Local newspaper employee charged in theft of circulars worth thousands
An employee of the Killeen Daily Herald and two other Killeen residents have been charged following an investigation into the theft of advertising circulars valued at tens of thousands of dollars.
Daily Herald employee Andrew David Alfaro, 31, Phillip John Hull, 48, and Sandra Hull, 53, all of Killeen, were named in warrants charging theft over $30,000, but less than $150,000 stemming from an investigation that started on Sept. 13 when a representative of the newspaper reported that “flyer inserts and other forms of coupons used by the Killeen Daily Herald have been going missing,” according to arrest warrant affidavits released Monday.
The newspaper representative told police that last Friday she discovered that two pallets of flyer inserts, each valued at about $22,000, were missing, the affidavits say.
Security footage showed Alfaro entering the Herald’s warehouse, getting on a forklift and taking the two pallets of circulars to vehicles waiting outside, the affidavits say.
“Alfaro admitted to taking the two pallets of flyer inserts, and Alfaro also admitted knowing that it was wrong,” the affidavit says.
Alfaro told investigators that Phillip and Sandra Hull were the drivers of the vehicles “used to transport pallets from the Killeen Daily Herald,” the affidavits say.
Alfaro and Phillip Hull remained in the Bell County Jail Monday, but no longer appeared on the jail's online roster Monday evening.
Their bonds were set at $50,000 each.
Sandra Hull did not appear on the jail’s online roster Monday.
The newspaper didn't immediately respond to an email requesting comment Monday.