My newspaper was stolen regularly when I lived in an apartment in San Francisco. I think the thief followed me to West Hollywood when I moved, because my paper was stolen there almost every day, too.
So I understand the frustration of the person who placed this ad. $25 is like $584 in today's money.
$25 DOLLAR reward will be paid for the detection of the cowardly thief, who is in the habit of sneaking and creeping up to the door of No. 10, City Hall Place, and stealing the Sun newspaper from under the door. The above reward will be paid for the information left at the Sun office: and a regular roasting is promised the low, guilty, nigardly thief.
— New York Sun, Feb. 29, 1840