Crimes & Criminals

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 <a href="">Smithsonian Magazine</a> 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.

Even More Scotland City Libraries Hit by Youths

Tough Times for city libraries in Edinburgh Scotland, where libraries are being targeted by gangs of youths who are abusing and intimidating staff and users, it has been claimed. The News revealed this week police had been called to Muirhouse Library 19 times in three months to deal with youth disorder. Now it has emerged that Craigmillar, Moredun and the award-winning Sighthill libraries are all experiencing similar problems. Many of the youngsters are being attracted by free computer and internet access, under the council's Libraries4Youth scheme.

A source within the city's library service said the problem was more widespread than the local authority was willing to recognise.

Gangs put library under siege in Scotland

Sounds Like it's not much fun working at the Muirhouse Library these days. Police have been called to a city library 19 times in the last three months after the building became a target for teenage gangs.
On one occasion, police were called to the library three times in one night when £3000 worth of damage was caused to the toilets. While officers were inside inspecting the damage, the police car was vandalised outside the library.
"Because they can get access to the PCs, that is the attraction."

Shocked UK Teens see Librarian Slashed by Patron

Horrifying events at a library in the UK: reported in the Camden New Journal. The library was the Swiss Cottage Library in Camden (London).

Apparently, they haven't yet caught the suspect. Here's another report that gives a few more details.

Former archivist charged with selling museum items on eBay

The former archivist for Mariners’ Museum in Newport News, VA, and his wife allegedly sold items taken from the museum and sold them on eBay. According to the indictment, the sales were done on eBay from January 2002 through September 2006.

The RMS Titanic items were part of Aks Collection bought by the museum for $80,000, according to the U.S. Attorney.

Toronto librarian admits shooting Chicago cop in '60s

The saga of an American who spent 39 years on the run for the attempted murder of a Chicago police officer, most of it hiding under an assumed name in Mississauga, Canada, ended today in a U.S. court, where he was sentenced to 30 days in jail, two years probation and a $250,000 fine.

“I wish the events which led to Mr. Knox’s injuries had never occurred,” Pannell said in court. “It was an American tragedy. By this plea, I accept responsibility for the part I played in that tragedy.”


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