Crimes & Criminals

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.

Copper theft leaves TX library without power Reports The Julia Ideson Building, which houses reference and circulation services for the downtown Central Library while it is under renovation, is closed today while workers repair damage from a copper wiring theft.
The theft caused the building to lose power to the elevator, emergency lighting for the staircases and the fire alarm.

Woman sentenced to 10 days in jail for library theft

Today's "Woman sentenced to 10 days in jail for library theft" brought to you by Iowa City, Iowa. It's ten days in jail for a former Iowa City woman accused of stealing more than $1,000 in materials from the city's public library -- by using her children's library cards.

Library Destroyed in Street Riots North of Paris

As the website has it, "Une bibliothèque incendiée à Villiers-le-Bel" ( Roughly translated by Google (see we read the following:

The library Louis Jouvet, who was standing near 30000 loan documents a year, was one of three facilities near the town. "It was actually the most popular library in the old Villiers-le-Bel," says Isabelle responsible Walet. "She welcomed children and adults every day." The building of 280 m2 is completely destroyed. "With my team, we are bewildered and sad," said Isabelle Walet, "we invest a lot in the relationship with the people and, in one night, this public service has entirely disappeared."

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Stop, thief! All in a librarian’s work

day about 20 years ago, librarians at the state Archive had their eye on a suspicious-looking visitor who was known to have a criminal record. After he left, one of the staff members flew urgently back to the boss’s office.
He just took off with the book!

The Book Thief: The True Crimes of Daniel Spiegelman

I was at a library conference this last weekend and I attended a talk by Travis McDade who is the author of The Book Thief: The True Crimes of Daniel Spiegelman. (Link is to the author's website) You may have heard of this book through a mention on BookTV. CSPAN ran a piece about the book. The book is about Daniel Spiegelman who stole $18 million of rare books and letters from Columbia U.'s library in the spring of 1994.

The author of the book is a librarian so purchasing the book will help a fellow member of the profession. In his talk the author mentioned that he was not happy with the price that the publisher put on the book. ($49) Libraries may have been the target market for the book so the price might have been set for that market. The talk the author gave was very interesting. Librarians in the room that had read the book said that they enjoyed it. If your library does not have this book you might want to consider getting a copy.

The author has a blog that you can see here.

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.


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