Crimes & Criminals

Benevento Missal to be returned to Italy

Kathleen de la Pena McCook writes "A terrific tale of biblio-sleuthing that was instigated by The Art Newspaper's investigation. After following a nearly cold trail and nailing the facts, UK’s Spoliation Advisory Panel recommended that the British Library should restitute the 12th century manuscript to Benevento cathedral as it was taken during the period of Nazi-era spoliation."

Unopened TX Library Branch Burgled By Future Director

The not-yet-opened Southmost Public Library in Brownsville, TX has just arrested the person designated to be their future director for stealing from the coin-operated copy machine. Agustin Carrera, a long-term city employee, was captured on camera in a sting operation, as reported here.

That same library, a $3 million dollar project, was targeted earlier in the construction process; story from LIS News .

Ex-library worker charged with embezzling money

Anonymous Patron writes "Ex-library worker charged with embezzling money: article out of Michigan where a library's former office manager wasn't crazy about teaching anyone how to do the payroll for the Gladwin County Library system back in 2001. He was charged on Wednesday with 14 crimes, and accused of conducting a criminal enterprise out of the library. He faces up to 20 years in prison and a $100,000 fine if convicted of conducting a criminal enterprise."

Library rapist pleads no contest in second case

Anonymous Patron writes "Muskegon Chronicle - Muskegon,MI reports A 23-year-old former Muskegon man -- already in prison for a November 1999 child rape in a Hackley Public Library restroom -- pleaded no contest Tuesday to raping a 68-year-old woman in her home the same month."

Thieves target library

Anonymous Patron writes "The Camden Chronicle doesn't provide many details, but a library has been hit by a spate of handbag thefts.

There were three incidents in five days at Swiss Cottage Central Library, Avenue Road, Hampstead, between February 11 and February 16.

A 40-year-old woman had her handbag pinched from under her desk as she sat at a computer on February 11.
This is the UK, England, I think."

Missing Pages of Library Books Linked to Pedophiles

Anonymous Patron writes "WHNT-TV, Huntsville, AL Reports: Twelve thousand dollars worth of children's books from the Wheeler Basin Public Library are ruined."

Focus on Cookbook Vandalism

New cookbooks are coming to the shelves of the Bloomington, IL library, thanks to LISNews reporter and librarian Rochelle Hartman, who brought attention to the problem that struck her library last summer when unknown vandals cut out as many as 40 pages from assorted cookbooks. Friends organizations from other states have also pitched in to replace the damaged editions. Here's the good news.

Police: BTK is arrested; Dennis Rader named as suspect in killings

It's Being Reported police are saying they've arrested the "BTK" serial killer. The killer known as BTK is Wichita's most notorious serial killer, now connected with eight unsolved homicides from 1974 to 1986.

BTK stands for "Bind, Torture and Kill," a style of killing he used. The serial killer used the initials in letters he sent to local media.
In October 1974, several months after four members of the a family were killed, BTK contacted The Wichita Eagle to say he had placed a letter in a mechanical engineering textbook at the public library, and did something similar recently.

More on the Transylvania Thefts

Anonymous Patron writes "More about the Transylvania University rare book thefts from the Lexington Herald Leader including a letter to the editor disputing the article's contention that the thiefs were "good boys" up until the robbery."

Suspects In Rare Books Theft Released Until Trial

Anonymous Patron writes "A Short Blurb on that Transylvania University book theft incident from last month. The four suspects in the theft of rare books and manuscripts from Transylvania University have been released from jail pending their trial.

The items allegedly taken by the 20-year-old men included a first edition of Charles Darwin's "On the Origin of Species."

None of the men was required to post bail. Warren Lipka, Spencer Reinhard, Charles Allen and Eric Borsuk are accused of restraining a librarian at Transy and stealing the first-edition Darwin, a collection of 20 sketches by John James Audubon, a two-volume natural history called "Ortus Sanitatis or Garden of Health" and an illuminated manuscript from 1425."


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