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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.

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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.

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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.

IL library head accused of stealing $135,000

A former suburban Chicago library district official has been indicted on theft and official misconduct charges after allegedly stealing more than $135,000 to fund a gambling addiction. The Cook County State’s Attorney’s office says 58-year-old Susan Quirk has pleaded not-guilty to all charges. Bond was set at $20,000 during a hearing Wednesday.

Patron barred after threatening to ’blow up’ library, say police

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. - Police were called to the public library Tuesday when a patron was reportedly yelling, viewing pornography on a library computer and threatened to “blow up the building,” reports the Portsmouth Herald.

Officers were dispatched to the Parrott Avenue library at approximately 12:20 p.m. when staff reported the man was viewing porn and making the threats on the second floor. According to police, the man had been escorted off the library property an hour earlier.

What drives people to steal precious books

The Financial Times wonders What drives people to steal precious books? “Book theft is very hard to quantify because very often pages are cut and it’s not noticed for years,” says Rapley. “Often we come across pages from books [in hauls of recovered property] and we work back from there.” The Museum Security Network, a Dutch-based, not-for-profit organisation devoted to co-ordinating efforts to combat this type of theft, estimates that only 2 to 5 per cent of stolen books are recovered, compared with about half of stolen paintings.


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