Warren employee enters plea in newspaper thefts

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Warren City employee Dennis Griffing pleaded no contest on Thursday to a misdemeanor theft charge.

Griffing was charged in April with stealing Tribune Chronicle newspapers from drop boxes and allegedly passing them out at work.

A diversion hearing is scheduled for October 10. A judge could order Griffing to enroll in a theft diversion program.

Griffing works in Warren’s operations department and is the brother of city auditor David Griffing. According to police reports, Griffing was taking newspapers from coin boxes in front of the General Electric plant on Dana Street, the Save-A-Lot store on Park Avenue, Coffe Cup Café on East Market Street and the box in front of the Tribune Chronicles offices on Franklin Street.

He was arrested in the parking lot of Save-a-Lot after police observed him removing papers from the box.

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