Crimes & Criminals

Thieving librarian gets six months

News From IL on a Director who stole $100,000 from a public library. Homer Township's former library director was sentenced Tuesday to six months in the Will County jail for stealing more than $100,000 from the library district.

Circuit Judge Gerald Kinney could have sent Regetta Meyers to state prison for anywhere from four to 15 years. Instead, she will spend about 90 days in jail and four years on probation.

1st Edition - DARWINS THEORY OF EVOLUTION - Stolen from Library

As reported earlier, some materials were stolen from the rare book room of the Transylvania University library. search-engines-web guy followed up on this and found an update on the theft in the Lexington Herald-Leader. One of the books that was stolen is a first edition copy of Darwin's The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, believed to be one of only 1,600 copies.

Transylvania is offering a $5,000 reward for the return of the rare items or for information leading to their recovery in good condition. ... Anyone with information about the robbery should call Crime Stoppers at (859) 253-2020 or from a cell phone, call *2020, or Transylvania's department of public safety at (859) 233-8118. Lexington police Lt. James Curless said the investigation is continuing.

Alaska Library Has Costly Break-in

The Curmudgeony Librarian writes "A break-in at the Noel Wien Library in Fairbanks, AK may end up costing much more than the $300 dollars stolen from the cash drawer.
The thief broke a one-of-a-kind stained glass window to gain entry to the building. The window was titled "Alaska In Vitro," and showed a panorama of Alaska. Artists Donna Alania Clark, Cherie Garfinkle and Douglas Yates created the work in 1979. It is hoped that the work can be repaired, but officers valued the damage at over $10,000.

The break-in occurred Monday December 20th about 2:30 a.m. Anyone with information regarding the burglary is urged to contact the Fairbanks police department. Contact information can be found on their website, serious tips only, please."

Internet Alert Exposed Trail of Library Thefts

Anonymous Patron writes "Another whodunnit from Scotsman.com News. With strong black-market demand for rare maps and prints around the world, and many illicit collectors, the chance of recovering anything at all seems marginal."

Theft of rare books at Transylvania University

clareboothluce writes "Two men subdued a library employee and made off with rare books last week during finals at Transylvania University in downtown Lexington, Kentucky. Transy has some particularly fine special collections holdings.

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Libraries under investigation for alleged financial abuses

Blake writes "accessnorthga.com Reports Federal and state officials have launched an investigation into alleged financial abuses at middle Georgia libraries.

At the center of the probe is David C. Wilson, director of the Ocmulgee Regional Library, which has branches in Cochran, Alamo, McRae, Hawkinsville and Abbeville. Georgia Bureau of Investigation agents raided the main library in Eastman back in May and also searched Wilson's home and car."

Kenyon College Library Employee Sells Rare Texts on EBay

A former night supervisor of the Kenyon (OH) College library, David Breithaupt aged 45, pleaded guilty Friday to selling rare books and other artifacts from the school's collection for $26,000, according to court documents.

Fifty ancient books, all more than 100 years old and having a cumulative value of more than $50,000 were sold to buyers in 19 other states and four foreign countries. Mansfield News

SIZZLING Mad - Hunt for the RECIPE Snipper

search engines person shares this story from the Bloomington (IL) Public Library:

Librarians first noticed pages were missing from several cookbooks last summer. Since then they have pulled nearly 100 cookbooks from circulation because of missing or damaged pages - an estimated loss of $2,000....Librarians said many of the books are out-of-print and might be irreplaceable.

Update: 12/15 14:51 EST by R: I posted this yesterday, but will post again, since there's a follow-up story. BPL (MPOE) has had an outpouring of support, with donations of cash and books. More here, and a picture of some of the damaged books here.

Cookbook Slasher on the Loose

Front page news from my hometown newspaper about the rash of cookbook mutilations that have been noted since this past summer. Grrr!!!! And here's our departmental newsletter with a small piece I wrote about the thefts a couple months ago.

Update: 12/15 08:49 EST by B:The Friends of the Library and the local bookstore, About Books, are pitching in to replace the purloined pages: Pantagraph.com .

Macomb MI libraries are struck by thieves

Anonymous Patron writes "News From Michigan where Law enforcement agencies from across Macomb County are investigating a rash of DVD thefts from local libraries that are turning up in local resale and pawn shops.

About 800 DVDs have been stolen from the Shelby Township library and the three branches of the Clinton-Macomb Public Library -- two in Clinton Township and one in Macomb Township."

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