Crimes & Criminals

Rare book's theft a symptom of 'Mormonia'

Rare book's theft a symptom of 'Mormonia'

On Tuesday, federal marshals barreled into a condominium in Herndon, Va., and found a most unusual book: a leather-bound first edition of the Book of Mormon.

They also found the man who allegedly pilfered the prized tome - worth between $50,000 and $100,000 - from a suburban Phoenix antique book shop, authorities said.

In National Archives thefts, a radio detective gets his man

In National Archives thefts, a radio detective gets his man
Goldin exposed what authorities have called “one of the most egregious instances of theft” from the National Archives, where the government preserves billions of historic documents, photographs and recordings. On Thursday, that investigation is scheduled to culminate in the sentencing in Greenbelt’s federal court of a longtime Archives official who has admitted to stealing nearly 1,000 recordings, many of them rare.

Cape Cod Library Book Thief Resells Booty

HARWICH — Librarians across Cape Cod are checking their book collections after a Hyannis man was allegedly caught stealing books last week at Brooks Free Library. Arthur Souza, 52, was charged with larceny of library materials valued at more than $250, but police and librarians believe he has stolen from at least four Cape libraries and sold the books to a Chatham antiques dealer who in turn auctioned them on eBay.

Here's a photo of the perp:

Red flags first went up the weekend before last, when Lucy Loomis, director of Sturgis Library in West Barnstable, received an email from a bookseller in South Carolina. The man had seen a book for sale on eBay, an online auction site, that clearly bore library identification markings.

Gunshots @ Your Library

Another crazy shooter, this time in Tulsa, OK. Fortunately no one was killed this time.

(CBS/AP/KOTV) - A gunman who opened fire outside the Tulsa County Courthouse Wednesday afternoon is now in custody after being shot by police.

Tulsa County Sheriff's deputies told CBS affiliate KOTV that a man on the plaza between the courthouse and the library started shooting a gun into the air. Deputies on duty at the courthouse confronted the man and shot him. Photo taken by a library worker:

"During the course of exchange of gunfire, an innocent bystander was hit," police spokesman Leland Ashley said. He said the injuries to the deputy and the bystander did not appear life-threatening.

Library Chief Executive Officer Gary Shaffer told The Associated Press he was returning from lunch when he saw emergency vehicles. A man who appeared to have been shot in the leg was wheeled out of the library by paramedics.

Shaffer said it was unclear if the man, who he said was unconscious, ran into the library after getting shot or if he was shot in the library. There was broken glass in the library from an apparent bullet.

More photos here

Phoenix Library Crime a Well-Kept Secret?

Phoenix Library Crime a Well-Kept Secret?
Last week's arrest was shocking to most -- but sadly -- not to us. Our FOX investigation a few months ago uncovered hundreds of disturbing incidents at Phoenix libraries.

Pondering A Cell Phone Jammer For Peace @YourLibrary?

The Chief of the Enforcement Bureau at the Federal Communications Commission issued a 2 page PDF enforcement advisory discussing why using jammers is illegal in any situation and outlining the massive penalties using or importing such a device entails.

Inside Edition Who Is Lurking In Your Public Library

[Edit 2/23 9:15am] It's now on the site: http://insideedition.com/news/7713/inside-edition-investigates-whos-lurking-in-your-library....

To be broadcast Wednesday, Feb. 22
New York, NY – Feb 22nd – It’s the last place you think you’d be a victim – the public library. But an INSIDE EDITION investigation found that crimes are being committed across the country in these supposedly safe havens, from petty thefts to violent, sexual assaults. Also disturbing is that library computers are being used by some patrons to watch graphic, adult videos, which is perfectly legal and often even permitted in libraries.
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Lt. Curt Stoldt of the East Harford, CT Police Department tells INSIDE EDITION that criminals count on library patrons to have a false sense of security.

STOLDT: “The bad guys know that they are not going to get much resistance for their crimes. People that go to libraries think that it’s a safe place, a place of learning, reading, not a place where criminals go to commit crimes. You should always keep your guard up.”

INSIDE EDITION’s I-Squad reviewed incident reports from libraries in 10 large cities from the last 2 years and the findings may surprise people. For example,

In Austin, Texas there were 612 incidents of harassment /sexual harassment.
In Milwaukee, Wis. there were 351 incidents of theft.
In San Francisco, Calif. there were 62 cases of assault.

INSIDE EDITION is produced daily by Inside Edition Inc. and distributed by CBS Television Distribution.
Check local listings for stations and times.

Woman pleads guilty to stealing 2000 library books

Woman pleads guilty to stealing library books
A San Diego County woman has pleaded guilty to stealing about 2,000 library books and DVDs to resell on the Amazon website. City News Service says she entered a plea Tuesday to felony burglary. She'll be sentenced to probation.

Andy Warhol's Assailant Defaced Library Book That She Wrote

From the City Room blog of the New York Times, a remembrance of how Warhol's shooter, Valerie Solanas defaced a copy of the library book called “S.C.U.M. (Society for Cutting Up Men) Manifesto” (lovely title!) that she herself had authored.

The opening sentence called on women to “overthrow the government, eliminate the money system, institute complete automation and destroy the male sex.” It was published in paperback; the library had its copy bound in hardback, to minimize the wear and tear, in mid-1976.

Wednesday (today) is the 25th anniversary of Warhol’s death after gall bladder surgery at what was then known as New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center, 19 years after Ms. Solanas opened fire and wounded him. She was angry because he had lost the manuscript of a play she had written — a play with an unprintable title that she wanted him to consider. More from the New York Times.

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