Crimes & Criminals

Police Make Arrest In Library Groper Case

Police In Jacksonville Florida arrested a man accused of inappropriately touching at least four girls at Pablo Creek Regional Library. According to police, one of the incidents took place when a 12-year-old girl spotted the man in the teen section of the library. Police said that she later told her mom she had to go outside to the car, but when she looked behind her, she saw the same man following her.

Steal Books from Library, Get Your Own Art Show

Spencer W. Reinhard, along with four of his Transylvania University classmates, participated in a rare archives theft at Transylvania University library late last year. The loot included

a set of pencil sketches by naturalist John James Audubon, a first edition of Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species and two rare manuscripts from the 15th and 16th centuries....Four days later, they went to Christie's, an auction house in New York City, and tried to sell the stolen books and manuscripts.

Reinhard, who acted as a lookout, and is now awaiting sentencing, showed paintings that depict the crime at a Lexington (KY) art gallery. More from the Lexington Herald-Leader.

Alleged library burglars in court

One From OZ, where Two young men and a boy, all accused of involvement in the Margaret River library burglary, appeared in the JPs court yesterday.

The three were remanded on bail to appear before a magistrate in December. They were not required to enter a plea.
The charge says that they stole computer equipment with a value of over $27,000.

The burglary devastated the library services because the database of clients and loaned books were on the servers.

The shire has had to install an expensive security system at the library before the computers can be replaced.

Paris Hilton hacker sent to jail

The fine young man that gave the world the contents of Paris Hiltons phone is going to jail. The names and contact details for celebrities in the address book, including Vin Diesel and Anna Kournikova, as well as pictures of Ms Hilton found their way on to the net thanks to the hacker.
Other crimes committed by the teenager in a 15-month period starting in March 2004 included breaking into the networks of net and telephone firms, and making bomb threats to high schools in Florida and Massachusetts.

More @ The Beeb

Theft of 400-year-old maps adds to British Library's catalogue of woes

It seems a few historically important maps printed more than 400 years ago have been stolen from the British Library. The Times Online reports The latest in an increasing number of thefts from libraries worldwide, they were removed from three bound volumes, cut out with a blade in two cases and pulled out from the third.

400-year-old maps theft adds to British Library's Woes

Lee Hadden writes " The Times has an interesting article on the theft of maps and books from the British Library, from the Sept. 13, 2005 issue. "Theft of 400-year-old maps adds to British Library's catalogue of woes." By Dalya Alberge, Arts CorrespondentTHREE historically important maps printed more than 400 years ago have been stolen from the British Library.The latest in an increasing number of thefts from libraries worldwide, they were removed from three bound volumes, cut out with a blade in two cases and pulled out from the third.They include an untitled world map, an oval woodblock from George Best’s A True Discourse of the Late Voyages of Martin Frobisher, printed in London in 1578. Frobisher, the English navigator and early explorer of Canada’s northeast coast, went in search of gold in the New World licensed by Queen Elizabeth I. Captain Best accompanied him on all three voyages, in 1576, 1577 and 1578, and this work is an account of them.An untitled New England and Canadian Maritimes map from Sir William Alexander’s An Encouragement to Colonies, London, 1624, and a world map by Peter Apian from Ioannis Camertis Minoritani by Solinus, Venice, 1520, were also stolen.Police are investigating the thefts, which are believed to have taken place earlier this year. The loss comes six months after damning figures, released under the Freedom of Information Act, revealed that an estimated 7,000 books had disappeared from the British Library since it moved to new £511 million headquarters on London’s Euston Road in 1998.Read more about it at: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2-1777918, 00.html"

Theft of rare books, even by scholars, puts libraries on notice

Anonymous Patron writes "Originally from Los Angeles Times, Theft of rare books, even by scholars, puts libraries on notice says Library theft is nothing new, but the arrest in June of a respected purveyor of antiquarian books and maps has sent ripples through rare-book collections across the country."

Patrons steal hundreds of DVDs from libraries

Hundreds of DVDs are being stolen off library shelves, prompting the Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library to change its checkout procedures.

By Oct. 1, all the library's branches will place empty DVD cases on the shelves. The empty cases will allow patrons to browse the library's movie collection but force them to go to a circulation desk if they want to check the discs out. Many suburban library systems, such as Plainfield and Noblesville, already have similar procedures.
indystar.com has more.

Libraries hit in vandal attacks

Libraries hit in vandal attacks: More than half of libraries in Warwick-shire were vandalised in the last year the Evening Telegraph revealed today.
Of the 29 libraries, 16 suffered at the hands of yobs {aka bullies, toughs, hooligans, ruffians, roughnecks, etc.} who caused a total damage bill of nearly £13,000. A report shows library maintenance costs due to vandalism in 2004/05 were £12,837, a rise of £1,258 on the previous year.

Librarian Sentenced for Theft

Stephanie Jones, formerly a librarian at Ft. Polk Army (LA) base, was sentenced to six months in prison and ordered to pay a $5,000 fine for stealing goverment property.

Jones had stolen books, a ladder, carpet, easels and various other items belonging to the library. The value established for the items exceeded $2,000, and most of the items were recovered from her home.

More from the Leesville Leader.

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