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The Guardian Reports Scotland Yard says it is estimated that 4,500 maps, which can be sold for anything up to £10,000, are missing from libraries across Europe.
The thieves are thought to steal to order for collectors across the world - the maps are especially sought after in the US and far east - or dealers who do not ask too many questions. The atlases they are taken from are ruined for ever.