Halifax police say they caught the two after they made a large purchase using only quarters at a convenience store. Surveillance video outside one of the businesses also identified the two teens.
A worker delivering papers to the Halifax SuperSaver and Elias' Supermarket noticed the newspaper dispensers were missing from both locations Wednesday and reported it to police.
One of the stolen dispensers, owned by the News and Observer, was found by NC Department of Transportation employees. The same employees found another dispenser owned by another newspaper company who police say hasn't confirmed it was missing yet.
Police say they are still determining the number of newspaper dispenser the two teens stole or damaged. Law enforcement encourages any other businesses that utilize these coin operated machines to check on these boxes and report any damage or theft.
Both the 18-year-old and 16-year-old were charged Friday with two counts of breaking and entering a coin operated machine, two counts larceny, two counts possession of stolen goods, two counts conspiracy and two counts injury to personal property.
Miles, 18, is being held on a $3,000 bond and Vernava, 16, is being held on a $4,000 bond. The two are scheduled to appear in court January, 26th.