Crimes & Criminals

Stolen rare documents returned to Vt. library

A brazen thief strolled into the lower level of the Bailey / Howe Library last year and walked off with the letters. Federal prosecutors said the crook was Barry Landau, whom they described as a con man masquerading as a presidential researcher and historian. Landau pled guilty and was sentenced in June to seven years in prison for plundering a string of libraries and archives along the East Coast. Investigators said Landau planned to sell the autographs to collectors.

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Cops Say Japanese Man Stole More Than 1,100 Library Books

Japanese police have arrested a 61-year-old man accused of stealing more than 1,100 library books.
Officials say Mitsuka Suizu was initially arrested in July for taking a few books from the public library in Nagato, in western Japan. When police searched his home in the city of Ube, Suizu admitted to taking 1,170 books over a seven-year period, and stashing them at home, where he lived with his wife and two children.

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Harry Hay screenplay missing library suspects theft

Harry Hay screenplay missing, library suspects theft
The San Francisco Public Library appears to have been the victim of a screenplay heist.

On July 30, main library staff discovered that the 1938 screenplay “Largo: A Story Out of the Life of George Friederich Handel” was missing from a locked plexiglass case in the Jewett Gallery. The screenplay was on display as part of the “Radically Gay: The Life of Harry Hay” exhibit, which ran from April 21 to July 29.

Pranksters rearrange books stack furniture in pair library break-ins

Kids in Orleans County sometimes complain there’s little to do in the Northeast Kingdom, but police say a few turned to midnight mischief at two public libraries and a Town Hall to help pass the time.

Books were rearranged. Furniture was piled almost to the ceiling. A needed date stamp went missing.
“The children’s books were moved to the adult section. The adult books were moved into the children’s room. They just took handfuls of books and were just shelving them,” Eubanks said about the May mischief at the Glover library. She said chairs and tables were stacked at Town Hall that night, too.

The Long Sad Story of an Embezzling Librarian

Story out of Pontiac, IL:

Eric E. Colclasure, 44, of Pontiac, the former director of the Pontiac and Odell libraries, was sentenced to six years in prison Thursday afternoon on felony charges alleging he stole from his employers.
In addition to the prison term, Colclasure was ordered by Ford County Circuit Judge Stephen Pacey to pay restitution to Odell Public Library in the amount of $30,118.65 within 24 months of his release. He will also be given credit for three days time served and will spend two years immediately after his prison release in supervisory release.

At Least He Didn't Mention The Library...

With the publication of the Freeh report relative to the child abuse scandal at The Pennsylvania State University, Chicago Sun-Times columnist Rick Morrisey is calling for the outright physical destruction of many campus monuments to coach Joe Paterno. Not mentioned in the piece by Morrisey is Paterno Library on-campus which otherwise bears the coach's name.

Robbins seethes after library's air conditioner is gutted

Patrons and employees of the public library in Robbins, IL are outraged that someone vandalized the building's air conditioner.

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A Dime at a Time

From the New York Times: Yonkers, NY library worker embezzled late fees over a period of seven years and now faces jail time.

Margo Reed, who earned about $43,000 a year and was described as a conscientious, trusted and well-liked longtime employee, was responsible for taking $163,582 in library fines collected by the three public library branches in Yonkers. It was her job to collect fines — 10 cents for most books, 50 cents for new seven-day ones — and turn them over to the city for deposit.

According to her guilty plea, from July 7, 2004, to Dec. 7, 2010, she would regularly alter the collection paperwork to reflect a lower amount of fees and pocket the difference after taking money out of the library deposit bag. Stephen Force, the Yonkers Library director, said officials discovered that she regularly used correction fluid to alter the receipt sent to her and then entered the new number on the paperwork she filed when she sent the money to the city. The difference between what she received and what she reported was usually $100 or more, he said.

Man shot in back at Mpls. library is paralyzed

Man shot in back at Mpls. library is paralyzed
Hennepin County increased its security patrols of the Franklin Community Library in south Minneapolis on Thursday after a man was shot the day before by someone who accosted him in a library bathroom.

$15K Statues stolen from Library sold for $270 then melted

Statues stolen from Waukegan Library sold for $270 then melted
The thieves who stole a pair of bronze statues, valued at $15,000, from the courtyard of a north suburban library last month sold the artwork to a West Side scrap metal business, which paid them about $270 and then melted the pieces, police said.

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