Crimes & Criminals

How thieves target rare books

How thieves target rare books
A book thief who served a four-year jail sentence should have turned over a new leaf. Instead, he has been sent back to prison after targeting one of Britain's most distinguished libraries. The case highlights a little known, but widespread crime.

"It kills history... damaging books in such a way that you can't see the provenance," he says.

Employee stabbed by burglar at FL library

Employee stabbed by burglar at library
An Orange County librarian is recovering after she was stabbed Monday morning.

It happened around 8:30 a.m. at the South Creek Branch Library on Deerfield Boulevard.

The victim told Orange County Sheriff's deputies she'd just arrived at work when she was approached by a burglar.

ALA President Caught Plagiarizing and Faking Signature

ALA President Camile Alire has been caught plagiarizing and possibly using a fake signature by me, SafeLibraries. Before the usual crowd piles on, you have to see the evidence for yourselves: <a href="">ALA Double Standard on Accuracy in Texas State Board of Education Proposal on School Book Content; ALA President Plagiarizes to Promote Matter Outside ALA Purview</a>

More than 1,300 kids' books stolen from library

More than 1,300 children's picture books worth nearly $23,000 have vanished from the Kitsap Regional Library's Port Orchard branch - and now police are investigating.

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Botched copper theft causes Freon leak at Concord library

Botched copper theft causes Freon leak at Concord library
Oh sure, you think you have it bad because people keep stealing your DVDs. Anyone tried to steal your PIPES? A would-be copper thief trying to cut pipes from the Concord library caused a release of a cooling agent that prompted the building's closure over the weekend, authorities said.

Jury Finds Librarians’ Hit-and-Run Driver Guilty of Vehicular Homicide

A Denver jury yesterday found Sandra Jacobson guilty of drunk driving and vehicular homicide in the deaths of Connecticut librarians Kathleen Krasniewicz, 54, and Kate McClelland, 71, on the morning of January 27, 2009.

Both were on their way to the Denver airport, returning from the American Library Association’s midwinter meeting, when Jacobson’s white pick-up truck swerved into their lane at 10:30 a.m., striking the purple and white taxi minivan and throwing both Krasniewicz and McClelland (left) from the vehicle. The two were not wearing seatbelts.

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There's No Good Reasons to Steal Books from Library

There's no good reasons to steal books from library

I have never figured out why people find it necessary to steal books from a library. We are a public library, open to anyone who wants to walk through the door. We let you borrow any book and all we ask for is one thing, a valid library card.

Teen accused of stealing CDs, Bible from library

Teen accused of stealing CDs, Bible from library
A 17-year-old boy ran away from a librarian Saturday afternoon at the Bethlehem Public Library after she stopped him for allegedly stealing some CDs -- but, police said, he left behind a backpack, a diary and photo identification.

Drew University student is accused of stealing, trying to sell historical documents

Drew University student is accused of stealing, trying to sell historical documents
As an 18-year-old freshman at Drew University, William J. Scott was hired to work at the school’s archives center. He was entrusted with a key to the climate-controlled rooms housing centuries-old letters signed by presidents, generals and the founders of the Methodist faith.

U. of Buffalo Library Evacuated This Afternoon

AMHERST, N.Y. — The University at Buffalo has evacuated a library on its suburban Amherst campus after receiving a call of a suspicious person seen entering the building, possibly with a gun.

Campus police officers have been searching the six-floor Lockwood Memorial library since receiving the report about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Spokesman Joe Brennan says no one has been hurt and no shots have been fired. Classes have been canceled for the evening.

Freshman Claire Kerstein says her English class was on the bottom floor of the building when a librarian came in and, without explanation, ordered everyone out.

All Headline News reports that the Lockwood Library on the North Campus in Amherst was evacuated after someone reported seeing someone with a gun inside.

The order to evacuate the library went out at about 4:40 p.m. and local and campus police are on the scene.


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