Get LISNews via email! Enter Your Email Address:
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.
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.
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.
Librarian murdered while visiting friend: Police have a man in custody for a deadly home invasion on Long Island. The victim, a librarian, was stabbed on Leisurely lane in Bellport. Robert Schivo of Medford spent the night at the police precinct, and is expected to be arraigned later Monday.
One of The Blogs from the LA Times picks up on the crime rate story from yesterday.
The news of the thefts is sad — nobody's stuff should be stolen, and nobody should be desperate enough to steal purses from empty library carrels — but it's not as sad as I thought when I first read the headline. Because my initial fear was that people were going to the library to steal books. Now that would really be bad news.
Los Angeles Police say the crown jewel of the city's library system recently earned a dubious distinction: It had more thefts last year of personal property -- excluding shoplifting -- than any location in the downtown area.
LAPD Lt. Paul Vernon said there were 31 theft reports filed in 2008, including wallets and purses, followed bicycles, laptops and other electronic equipment. This year, there have been eight reported thefts -- four for bicycles versus three bikes for the entirety of 2008 -- on pace to surpass last year's total.
An Independence woman was arrested on theft charges Thursday for failing to return a library book.
Shelly J. Koontz, 39, was arrested just after 8 p.m. at her residence after a warrant had been issued. She was originally charged with fifth-degree theft for keeping "The Freedom Writers Diary," which she checked out from the Jesup Public Library in April 2008.
Jesup Police Chief Rick Deitrick said the book was valued at $13.95.
"Theft is theft, no matter what it is," Deitrick said.
An Omaha woman who lost her library card said its disappearance nearly wound up costing her hundreds of dollars.
Michelle Anderson said she last remembered using her library card in September.
"I think I used that self-checkout and, being me, I left my card on the self-checkout," she said. "It's the only thing I can think of.
A couple of months later, notices from the library started arriving in the mail. Anderson said she threw them away, thinking they were for a $5 fine she owes.
It wasn't until another letter arrived from a collection agency that she realized someone had checked out more than $584 worth of materials in her name and the library was holding her accountable.
The Jan 14 Boston Herald is reporting that the Revere(Mass) Public Library Director resigned on Tuesday because of inquires into "inappropriate purchases" using city funds.
"A source close to the police investigation said the purchases include “thousands” spent on, among other things, a watch and home furnishings."