Crimes & Criminals

Stealing Books

The Paper Cuts blog has a piece on stealing books.

They are asking: Dear readers, have you ever stolen a book? Post your true confessions here — assuming the statute of limitations has run out.

Not suprising that several of the confessions are about thefts from libraries.

The Paper Cuts blog post is in response to an essay in the Sunday Book Review called Steal These Books

Cops: Library Stalls; Librarian Disagrees

MONTROSE, NY - State police say they have pulled the plug on an investigation into the possible viewing of child pornography by a patron of Hendrick Hudson Free Library because the library board refuses to cooperate with them.

The library director, however, said board members are reviewing the matter, have not made a decision - and insisted that the board is not stonewalling police.

"The board is definitely not not cooperating," director M. Jill Davis said Thursday. "We're looking for some additional information to evaluate the situation and then make a decision."

Cops: Library Stalls; Librarian Disagrees

Tough Love From a Tough Dad

The following is a post from The Merry Librarian (www.merrylibrarian.com) dated Sept. 27th, 2009. Check out the website for all postings!

"Tough Love from a Tough Dad"

This week’s Story of the Week is one of the rare stories that is genuinely heartwarming (though we’re sure there are more out there!). As librarians–as with any public service profession–we so often see the sad and traumatic family interactions. It is refreshing to witness powerful and positive relationships like this one. Thank you, “Diane”, for this great story!

I work at a small library in an area of town that tends to house the lower-economic demographic. It is not unusual for things to be stolen from our library on a regular basis–most frequently our DVDs. One day, I was at the reference desk when a man came in with a young, teenage boy. The man looked pretty haggard. He had tattoos everywhere (even a cross between his eyebrows! Ouch!) and lots of piercings. He looked like he’d had a pretty hard life. When he came up to the desk, he set a very tall pile of DVDs in front of me–at least 20 DVDs.

“I found these in my son’s room,” he said. “He didn’t check them out. He stole them.”

I didn’t quite know how to respond, so I (rather stupidly) said, “Oh. Okay. So none of them are checked out?”

“No, ma’am,” he answered. Then he knelt down on the ground so that he was eye to eye with me. His son knelt beside him, looking deeply humiliated and angry. -- Read More

Meth ring used comic books to launder cash, authorities say

Investigators in Colorado say they have broken up a massive methamphetamine ring in the Denver area that distributed pounds of the dangerous drug every week and laundered the profits using collectible comic books.

Story at CNN

Investigator testifies in Sacramento library scam case

Check by check, a veteran accountant detailed the bank accounts Tuesday that prosecutors hope will help them convict three people in Sacramento's library kickback scandal.

Sixteen months after felony charges were filed against two former library officials and the wife of one of them, testimony began in Sacramento Superior Court aimed at bringing the case to trial.

Stolen DVDs Returned to Library

From the Palm Beach Post:

DVDs for sale at a Riviera Beach thrift store caught the eye of a shopper who noticed some of them bore stickers identifying them as property of the Palm Beach County Public Library System.

The shopper should know; he works for the library.

Riviera Beach police have recovered 174 DVDs and nine music CDs, most from the county system but others from other public libraries, Sgt. Pat Galligan said this afternoon.

Read the rest here.

Salt Lake City Public Redefines 362.295

This isn't what library officials mean when they say they want patrons to expand their mind.

Salt Lake City police made 10 arrests at the Main Library downtown for people selling marijuana in the building.

Complaints came in that people were selling the drug in the library lobby and in the downstairs area, as well as outside. Undercover officers confirmed the complaints over a two-week investigation, nabbing the 10 dealers.

Rare books at KU’s Watson Library targeted by vandals

Thieves are ripping off Kansas University’s Watson Library, tearing apart books filled with old and expensive artwork, taking what’s valuable and leaving destruction behind.

Thousands of dollars worth of expensive pages have been cut apart and stolen from rare books dating to the early 1800s, their bindings and remnants left sprinkled in unusual spaces throughout the library.

PA man admits selling faux "signed" books online

PA man admits selling faux "signed" books online: A Reading man admits he forged the signatures of Truman Capote, Tom Clancy and other famous authors and sold them for inflated prices on eBay.

CA librarian accused of fraud

An Imperial Valley librarian is under investigation accused of insurance fraud. She is facing charges of insurance fraud and grand theft. She is acussed of faking an injury while she worked as a librarian at Centinella State Prison to collect more than twenty thousand dollars in workers compensation.

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