Police Suspect Theft in Rare Book Mystery

Gary Deane sent us this story, straight from the home of the 2003 ALA Annual conference.

Toronto police are searching for the owner of a collection of extremely rare books that a suave young man was trying to sell in the city.

A man was arrested for possession of property obtained by crime after police were called by a suspicious book dealer, Inspector Ken Kinsman of the downtown 51 Division said yesterday.

The major-crime unit became involved because the centuries-old volumes were researched on the Internet and found to be worth tens of thousands of dollars.

The most interesting part of the story may be that the books haven't been reported stolen, as far as the police can tell. There are no library markings on the books, so they most likely are from a private collection.

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