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Donation box theft ends in conviction

Another Swain County man, Gregory Cline, 35, was convicted of one count of tampering in federal court for breaking into a trailhead collection box.

After rangers learned that money was being stolen from a self-pay trail map collection box, an extended surveillance operation was conducted, which netted Cline as a suspect. Cline received 57 days in jail and was ordered to pay $57 restitution, the amount he had stolen. Cline has appealed the case.