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Arrests in KY in Assault on Librarian and Theft of Rare Books

Four Kentucky college students have been arrested in the December heist of priceless rare books from the University of Transylvania. The FBI arrested a student from U.T., a University of Kentucky student, and two U.K. grads in the theft of a first edition of Darwin's "Origin of Species", Audobon prints, and incunabula from the library. They accomplished their deed while restraining the rare book librarian.

They were captured while attempting to sell the materials to Christie's auction house in NYC. Here's the awful story .

The Viking Deception

kmhess writes "The Vinland map, purchased by Yale University and displayed in its Library, was supposed to prove the Vikings had been to America hundreds of years before Columbus. Unfortutately, it was a forgery.

Last night, PBS's NOVA had an interesting show about how cartographic detectives proved this was a clever fake, and who might have created it."

Police Charge Man In IL Library Shooting

Michael tells us CBS Reports Anonymous tips lead Bellwood police to arrest a 23-year-old man in the shooting and wounding of a woman and her daughter during a robbery outside a library last week.

Two Women Shot in IL Library Parking Lot

JET writes " dpswid=2265994&dppid=65193Officers Looking For Suspect In Bellwood Library ShootingA 34-year-old woman who was shot outside the suburban library Wednesday night was released from the hospital on Thursday, but stayed close to her mother, who remained in intensive care after having also been shot in the same incident."

Michigan Librarians Help Track Stolen DVDs wrote in with the following Library Journal story:

Librarians at the Clinton-Macomb Public Library, MI, took matters into their own hands when their DVD collection fell prey to a thief who stole more than 1000 discs. Following a tip from a patron who noticed the library's label on several used DVDs for sale at a local Gamestop store, staffers scoured eight other area Gamestops and a pawn shop, unearthing more than 300 missing titles. They shared their find with the police, who received the stores' cooperation to view security tapes.

See also
mdoneil's recent journal entry
for a similar tale of "Thwart not the Librarian."

Book Theft Is Commonplace in Kenyan Libraries

There's a special name for theft of library books in's booklifting, and it's rampant in libraries in Nairobi and around the country.

Attienna Okundu, of the National Book And Development Council Of Kenya, said that booklifting is a concern "for almost every library. When we train librarians, the issue of security is one of the central issues addressed." Many libraries do employ a security force, but it hasn't had much success tackling the booklifting trend.

The BBC is working with Kenyan Ruben Gitahi, to assist in bringing the problem to light and to minimize the loss to collections.

$85 for 'Moby Dick'? Library scam falls flat

Anonymous Patron writes "You'll need to login to read this Odd Spartanburg Herald-Journal [You can use [email protected] and none as the password].A man posing as an employee of the Spartanburg County Headquarters Library nearly scammed a local elderly couple out of $85 over the weekend.

The couple's oldest daughter, Anna Wing, said her 84-year-old father received a phone call this weekend from a man who said he owed an $85 late fee on a copy of "Moby Dick."

Wing's father and 79-year-old mother don't get out much, she said.

"He hasn't used his (library) card in 12 years," Wing said of her father, who she requested not be identified.

Germany demands return of rare book Found in St. Louis

Cortez writes "Book dealer Rod Shene made the find of a life-time and things have been going downhill ever since: This Report Has More. "The book may have been stolen from an unlikely victim — the German government. The state-owned Staatsgalerie in Stuttgart claims a World War II U.S. Army captain took the book and others from a castle and eventually deposited them in his Richmond Heights home.
Werner Schmidt, a spokesman for the German consulate, does not know when the museum acquired the book but says it was well before the Nazis looted the private collections of Jewish citizens."

PCs stolen from UK library

The South London Press Reports Burglars plundered 22 computers worth £10,000 from the Tate Library, in Streatham High Road.

Lambeth council has already replaced the stolen PCs with new ones at a cost of £10,000.

Detectives from Streatham CID are investigating the break-in which happened on Friday night.

A council spokeswoman said that Streatham Library staff were "disgusted" by the burglary.

Missing person found in a library

JET writes "Missing SMU student last filmed by library security cameras at a SMU library found in Dallas Public Library a week later. More from SMU Daily and Dallas News"


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