Crimes & Criminals

Refuge for readers can be risky

One more from California this morning, This Time it's from LA, where some L.A. libraries face increasing disruptions from thugs, vandals and other troublemakers. Plans are underway to beef up security. At the Jefferson branch, six windows were smashed this month by gang members seeking a man who hid inside until police gave him a ride home. At the Exposition branch, an August shooting outside the library's main door prevented patrons from leaving until security arrived. Last spring, a principal at a charter school sent a letter to parents, urging students not to go to the Hyde Park-Miriam Matthews Public Library because children were being "taunted, harassed and intimidated by the students [from nearby schools]."

Great News: They're Stealing Our Books!

The Frankfurt Book Fair has an unusual indicator to help publishers gauge public interest in the new literary offerings presented at the annual exhibition. It's the unofficial "most stolen book" index.

6 MI libraries robbed recently

The Plainfield Library and five other libraries in Ottawa and Kent (Michigan) counties are unlikely robbery targets, but they have been hit recently.

Libraries don't have much cash on hand, and the value commodities, like computers, are hard to take on the run.

Police believe one person is responsible for all seven robberies, five at The Plainfield Library, Comstock Park Library, Krause Memorial Library in Rockford, Northeast Ottawa District Library in Coopersville, Ravenna Library, and two at the Sparta Library.

Teen Vandalizes Bakersfield CA Library

birdie writes "Story from the Bakersfield CA ABC-affiliate station: Residents in northeast Bakersfield are upset and questioning why a teenager would vandalize their local library branch.

The act of vandalism took place around 2 a.m. Sunday, when a drunken 16-year-old boy used a cement sewer cover to smash the exterior windows of the library then proceeded to knock over bookshelves and use fire extinguishers to spray fire retardant all over the library."

Flags Stolen off Flagpoles at Tennessee Library

The Humboldt Public Library is minus one Tennessee state flag and two U.S. flags. Whodunit?

VA school librarian arrested in online sex sting

EEk! A Nelson County Middle School librarian who is also a high school track coach was arrested Friday after authorities said he initiated a sexual conversation online this summer with an undercover police officer.

Tim Bennett is charged with one count of use of a communications system to facilitate certain offenses involving children and one count of taking indecent liberties with children, both felonies.

Italy seizes ancient books from "priestly" thief

Italy's art police have seized ancient books and paintings worth 650,000 euros (453,000 pounds) from the house of a man they suspect stole them from public libraries and state archives -- sometimes disguised as a priest.

Police said on Monday the suspect, a Roman in his mid-forties, would dress himself in priest's robes or wait for hours hidden in the bathrooms and cupboards of libraries to make off with texts and drawings dating from the 17th and 18th centuries.

"The Librarian" Collection Includes Guns, Silencers and Ammo

Everytime I think I've seen it all, something new comes up. This Time it's part of a story out of the UK on a murder. They mention a "chilling underworld figure known only as The Librarian."
The Librarian was thought to be a mythical figure, someone who was a figment of the imagination until police discovered he, and his gun-lending business, were real.

He is thought to have loaned guns, in return for a sizeable fee, to high-profile criminals who cannot afford to keep a weapon on them at all times and teen gangs such as the Strand Gang and the Croxteth Crew.
The long-term investigation was launched after the discovery that weapons were being lent, library-style, by criminals.

Library worker faces racism at trial if extradited, lawyer tells court

A Toronto library worker accused of shooting a white police officer in Chicago almost 40 years ago should not be extradited to face trial in the U.S. because as a black man, he won't get a fair trail, his lawyer has told three appeal court judges.

The Map Library Intrusion

The Map Library Intrusion: "Less than a year ago, someone ignored the stop sign in front of our Map Library and went straight into the building. The library sits at the end of a pretty busy dead-end road, but it is clearly marked. Well, we just got word that another idiot decided to ignore the sign and crashed into the Map Library. The damage is much less than last time, leaving only a foot-long hole in the wall, but still! What is wrong with people? Why do people hate maps??"


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