Crimes & Criminals

Missing stuff - the power of spooky headlines

Cortez writes "Folks in Portland are missing some library items - 18,786 to be exact - yes, that sounds bad but how big is their total collection? I have trouble finding a pair of socks.
Here's The Story
All 17 branches will now store the most easily taken items — DVDs and CDs — behind the checkout counter. At the three largest branches, systems already in place meant to deter thieves have been disabled by library personnel — after repeated malfunction.
Ginny Cooper, the former library director, said she unplugged the magnetic security gates six years ago and stopped hiding magnetic sensors in most of the library's collection because there were so many false alarms."

Archives Thief Gets Two Years

sabine01 writes "In the Washington Post: A Virginia man has just been sentenced to two years in jail for stealing Civil-War Era archives. He tried selling some of these documents on eBay...."

20K worth of library loot sold at flea market.

mdoneil writes "Some fine gentleman stole thousands of dollars of loot from libraries and sold it at a flea market.


Apparently those call numbers didn't mean too much to the purchasers. Have a look a this fine fellow and read the article here."

Library worker arrested

Anonymous Patron writes "News from Ukiah, California where The county library is out some $65,000 and a Ukiah woman is behind bars, after she was arrested Friday on suspicion of grand theft embezzlement.


Bad week for Ukiah libraries, all around. "

Ex-librarian guilty of theft

Anonymous Patron writes "Columbus Ledger-Enquirer - Columbus,GA reports Former Phenix City-Russell County Librarian Irma H. Duke was sentenced Tuesday to four years in prison and ordered to repay $70,000 to the library after she pleaded guilty to first-degree theft of property."

Library signs disappear in massive theft

The Tri-Town Transcript Reports More than 70 Middleton, MA, residents got a rude awakening Sunday morning after realizing they'd been victims of what later proved to be a town-wide larceny of signs in support of the Flint Library's "Save Our Library" campaign.

Police find books worth £3,000 in city house

News From The UK: Books worth £3,000 and believed to have been stolen have been seized by police in a raid on a Leeds house.
Officers from the new Leeds city centre Neighbourhood Policing Team uncovered the mass of books when they swooped on an address in Armley as part of a two week concerted operation against theft offences.
A 43-year-old man has been arrested and charged with theft in connection with the discovery and is due to appear at Leeds Magistrates Court next Monday."No crime is without a victim and we are here to ensure the perpertrators are rigorously prosecuted."
... and the joys of book reading (legally)

Homicide suspect, victims met at library in Florida

The Reader's Shop writes "Here's An Odd One.

Reference librarian Laura Ling, 43 and Henry Lee Turner, 74 met at the Socastee Library in Florida. Ling met Stephen Stanko when he visited the library to reserch a book he was writing on prison life. Turner often talked with Stanko and Ling when he visited the library.

Police say they think Stanko strangled Ling, his girlfriend of five months, and sexually assaulted a girl in the home around 2 a.m. Friday. Turner was killed in his home on Saturday.

Police in Horry and Georgetown counties have issued national alerts for Stanko, who is still at large, and other library employees remained under police protection at work.

More On The Suspect.
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Anger directed at library arsonists

Anonymous Patron writes "Leamington Spa Today Reports from the UK: Anger has been directed at arsonists in Whitnash who have forced the closure of the town's library.
Area manager for central Warwickshire libraries John Crossling said: "We feel a degree of disgust about this. It seems so pointless. We are doing our best to provide a service to the local community and have got computers in there which are aimed at the younger generation. Yet it appears to be members of that generation who are behind this.""

The invisible bookmobile

Cortez writes "As the plot thickens in the case of recently indicted Ocmulgee Regional Library director David C. Wilson, now they can't find the bookmobile: Savannah Now
"A middle Georgia library system that was the focus of a recent federal probe received a $100,000 state grant for a bookmobile, but never bought the vehicle. Federal investigators have declined to say whether the bookmobile or history project matters are the focus of any of the as-yet-undetailed theft counts""

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