Crimes & Criminals

Man sought after rare books taken

Police are trying to trace a man who has disappeared since his arrest over the theft of rare books from the Royal Horticultural Society in London.

William Simon Jacques, 39, was held after several works vanished at the society's building in Vincent Square.

'Alleged Improprieties' of a Small-Town Librarian

Chicago Tribune reports: DES MOINES, Iowa - State auditors allege that a small town librarian was selling off some of the books in the collection on the Internet and pocketing a portion of the money.

Donna Turner resigned from her job as Director of the Center Point Library (IA) on Dec. 6, 2007.

At the time of her resignation, auditors said 211 library books were listed for sale by an Amazon.com account set up by Turner. More background (including travel, hotel and meal receipts) in the auditor's report.

Oh and they're looking for a new director. Maybe someone without an Amazon account?

Arson at Whitby Library

Police are hunting for an arsonist after a fire set at a Whitby (ON) library caused $10,000 damage last night.

Fire crews were called to the library on Rossland Rd. E. around 10 p.m. after a fire was set inside the building. The fire was put out, but not before ruining books and damaging part of the building.

The Ontario Fire Marshal confirmed the fire was deliberately set, police said. Story from The Star

Convicted Murderer Librarian Found Dead in Cell

William Coday, 51, a former Broward County librarian who fatally bludgeoned his ex-girlfriend with a hammer was found dead in his cell this morning on Death Row, according to the Florida Department of Corrections. Photo and some background on the convict from Court TV.

Coday was being held at Union Correctional Institution in Raiford, was found dead at 2:42 a.m., said spokeswoman Jo Ellyn Rackleff. Sun Sentinel reports.

Maryland School Librarian Ripped off Local Community Organization

And not petty cash...$101,000 bucks.

But this article from the Examiner informs us that a "judge will likely allow a Montgomery County school librarian who stole $101,000 from a Gaithersburg community to serve her jail time this summer and get off with no criminal record so she can keep her school job.

Between 2003 and August 2006, Jill Delisi, 46, used her part-time position as the Bennington Community Association bookkeeper to suck dry the community’s coffers after its board of directors increased community member fees by 17 percent, according to court documents.

Attorneys for accused pipe bomber question role of library in interstate commerce

A man accused of setting off a pipe bomb at the main Salt Lake City library tried to convince a federal judge that charges should be dropped against him because the library does not impact interstate commerce.
During a motion hearing, attorneys for Thomas James Zajac argued that the government's charges relating to possessing and detonating an explosive device must show that the target building has something to do with inter-state commerce.

Attorney Deirdre Gorman argued that the city library's core mission is to provide services to the residents of Salt Lake City and that it's business does not extend outside of the state. Because of that, the government should not be able to prosecute Zajac with interfering with interstate commerce.

Librarians targeted for id theft in Philadelphia,PA

Police in Whitemarsh Township and other towns in the area say a gang of thieves is targeting, of all people, librarians.
Video surveillance shows the thieves in action. A woman walks out of a Lowe's store with two large power tools. She's not a contractor. Police say she's a thief. The credit card she used had been stolen less than an hour earlier from a librarian at the Chester County library in Exton.
The thieves then went on a 16-hundred dollar shopping spree.

Granite City identity thief snared by suspicious librarian

Do you know just what's going on at YOUR library? Is that quiet, studious looking young person using the computer to acquire knowledge...or bling?

At the Collinsville Library in Illinois, Jason David Lingo, 28, of Granite City, admitted he purchased 131 credit card numbers in October and November of 2007, then used a Collinsville Public Library's computer to purchase merchandise with 20 stolen cards, federal court records stated.

Lingo ordered merchandise, mostly electronics, over the Internet with customer names, telephone numbers, e-mail addresses, card verification codes and expiration codes, the court records stated. Carriers delivered the merchandise, occasionally to vacant lots, then Lingo would sell or pawn the items.

Last December, the librarian (unnamed in this article) became suspicious because Lingo used different names and credit card numbers to make purchases over the Internet. She called Collinsville Police, who arrested Lingo. He has subsequently plead guilty to the charges.

Librarian testifies in rape case

A city librarian described with a calm voice and matter-of-fact precision Wednesday how registered sex offender Corey Deen Saunders lingered at a table with a 6-year-old boy close to the time that he allegedly raped the child between the stacks of the library's magazine room.

Document Traffickers

This Smithsonian Magazine article tells the stories of people who stole historical documents from libraries and archives, and how they were eventually caught. It is interesting to see that eBay is not only an easy way to sell the stolen goods, but also the means by which many thieves are tracked down.

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