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Former Journal carrier accused of stealing from newspaper’s vending machine

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GALAX, Va. — Authorities said a former Winston-Salem Journal carrier is facing charges in Galax, Va., for stealing money from a Journal vending machine and other offenses.

The Winston-Salem Journal reported that Terry Wayne Hale, 49, of Mount Airy, is charged with grand larceny, tampering with a coin-operated vending machine and embezzlement, Galax police said.

Hale allegedly tampered with and stole from a vending machine and embezzled more than $300 from the Journal.

Another Journal carrier saw Hale open a Journal vending machine in Galax on Nov. 22, 2012, according to a police record.

A Surry County sheriff’s deputy arrested Hale in late December on a fugitive from justice warrant, Galax Police Capt. James Cox said.

Hale was released from custody after posting a $10,000 bond, Cox said. Hale is scheduled to appear in court Feb. 26 in Dobson.

Source: The Winston-Salem Journal.