Crimes & Criminals

Confessions of a Book Pirate

Confessions of a Book Pirate
He lives in the Midwest, he’s in his mid-30s and is a computer programmer by trade. By some measures, he’s the publishing industry’s ideal customer, an avid reader who buys dozens of books a year and enthusiastically recommends his favorites to friends. But he’s also uploaded hundreds of books to file sharing sites and he’s downloaded thousands. We discussed his file sharing activity over the course of a weekend, via email, and in his answers lie a critical challenge facing the publishing industry: how to quash the emerging piracy threat without alienating their most enthusiastic customers.

Suspected thief caught in library bathroom

Suspected thief caught in library bathroom
Deputies caught an 18-year-old man rifling through the cash drawer late Wednesday at the north central branch of the Hamilton County Library. The suspect saw authorities and hid in the building. Deputies called library security officers to the scene so they could unlock the building for a search.

Stolen artwork returns to library

Stolen artwork returns to library
A valuable painting which was stolen from an Edinburgh legal library has been returned.

A member of staff found the I Cannae Hear Ye watercolour hanging on a railing outside the Signet Library on Thursday morning.

The painting, by Borders artist Tom Scott, had been stolen earlier this month.

Painting stolen from historic law library

Painting stolen from historic law library
A valuable painting has been stolen from a library used by some of Scotland's most senior lawyers.

The watercolour was taken over the New Year from the historic Signet Library in Edinburgh, home of the country's legal establishment.

Ex-NY library treasurer charged with $280G theft

Ex-NY library treasurer charged with $280G theft
The former longtime treasurer for a Utica New York library has pleaded not guilty to a grand larceny charge stemming from the embezzlement of more than $280,000 from the library.

Boulder Book Store won't say which writer tried to steal his own book

Boulder Book Store won't say which writer tried to steal his own book
Scott Foley, who is now the floor manager for the Boulder Bookstore, wouldn't disclose the name of the thieving author but said his attempt to swipe his own tome has become an infamous story told during security training for new bookstore employees.

"We have a series of video and camera shots we show them, and he happens to be on that list," Foley said.

Brazen vandals target public library

Brazen vandals target public library
A library in Brazoria County (TX) is an unlikely target for vandals. The damage isn't limited to broken glass and graffiti. Someone has gone so far as to urinate on books.

Man gets six years in library child porn case

Man gets six years in library child porn case
A state district judge sentenced a man who downloaded child pornography at the Brownsville Public Library to six years in prison.

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.

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