Crimes & Criminals

Laptop Thieves Hit Columbia Libraries

Two suspects accused of involvement in separate crimes—a spate of on-campus library computer robberies and a purse theft—were arrested this week by the Department of Public Safety and the New York Police Department.

Vandals flood library, smear feces at CA elementary school

Yuck: An alarm system hasn't deterred vandals from twice breaking into Ridgeview Elementary School's library to ruin more than 1,400 books, smear feces, and damage computers, printers and other property.

Vandals first struck on New Year's Day, then again Saturday afternoon when they knocked books, computers and other items off shelves and flooded the library.

"We are working on drying out the library and trying to save as many books as we can," Librarian Shelley Dearmin said.

Man tries to mail gun parts hidden in books

I Susupect A Librarian: Seattle police are looking for a man who attempted to mail to Paris a box full of books packed with handgun parts and ammunition. An alert clerk at a Wallingford UPS Store was preparing to ship the plastic-wrapped books on Jan. 31 when she noticed that one of the hardbacks rattled, according to police reports. The woman shook the book and spotted a gun part slipping through the pages.

Archivist: I Stole Papers to Pay Bills

A state archivist was charged Monday with stealing hundreds of artifacts — documents representing "the heritage of all Americans," according to the history buff who found some of them on eBay — to pay his household bills.

Daniel Lorello, 54, is accused of taking the rare items from the New York State Library, including Davy Crockett Almanacs, Currier and Ives lithographs and the 1865 railroad timetable for Abraham Lincoln's funeral train. Authorities believe he hawked them for tens of thousands of dollars, using much of that to pay off his daughter's credit card debt.

"This crime is especially repugnant, because it's dealing with historic documents," state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo said. "It's literally stealing the legacy of the state of New York page by page."

Full story here.

Canadian Librarian expected to plead guilty to $1M fraud

A librarian accused of defrauding his employer of almost $1 million will plead guilty to the crime at his next court appearance in May, his lawyer said in court Wednesday. The former executive director of the Wheatland Regional Library, is accused of stealing the money by way of a scheme that began in the early 1990s in which books were paid for but never received.

Stolen rare maps find their way back to library's collection

Stolen rare maps find their way back to library's collection: More than 30 rare, antique maps stolen from the Boston Public Library by a Martha's Vineyard map dealer were returned to the library in 2007, library president Bernard Margolis said this week, part of the conclusion of an international scandal that rocked the staid world of map collecting.

Australian Couple accused of library theft spree

A BRISBANE couple allegedly stole more than $40,000 worth of books, DVDs, CDs and magazines from libraries across the city before storing the booty in cereal boxes in their home.

A man, 52, and a woman, 55, from Acacia Ridge, on Brisbane's southside, were charged after the goods were discovered on Saturday.

Ohio Police 'book' library thief with 35 fake children's library cards

Busted: A Thirty-six-year-old is facing felony charges after police found more than 1000 library items in her home worth more than $15,000
"Her house was just boxes and bookshelves full, she had her own library at her house," says Lt. Rick Edwards of the Akron Police Department.
The scheme went on for years, until an alert library worker recognized Ware signing up her children under false names...again.

[Update] Sorry, that's Thirty-six-year-old, not Six, rather large typo.

Vandals Target Illinois Library

Lady Liberty stood unharmed for decades on the grounds of the Benton Public Library, carrying a symbolic torch for freedom and bearing a pledge of "everlasting fidelity and loyalty." Today the replica Statue of Liberty, erected in 1950, stands minus four of the seven spikes in her crown, in front of a building marred by shattered and broken glass. Vandalism at the library occurred twice this month, most recently last weekend. Rocks or BBs shattered one glass door, while two windows were damaged.

Five accused of stealing books from UNM libraries to sell

University of New Mexico police have arrest warrants for five people who they believe stole valuable textbooks from campus libraries to sell for cash. The suspects had a price list that showed how much companies would pay for used textbooks, arrest warrant affidavits filed in Metro Court showed.

"They went in knowing they were looking for specific high-dollar books they could get a specific value for," UNM Police Lt. Patrick Davis said.


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