Crimes & Criminals

Woman Admits Part in Library Books Theft

A woman has admitted her part in a book stealing scheme which plundered books worth more than $34,000 from Christchurch, New Zealand city libraries. A police search of the woman's home recovered about 30 books and several sets of library identification. She initially denied involvement, but later admitted her part.
A total of 337 books valued at about $18,000 were recovered by police, but 320 worth about $16,000 were still outstanding. Read More.

Two Plead not Guilty in Ingram Hacking Case

Two men accused of aiding a Romanian man charged with hacking into the online ordering system of the world's largest computer equipment distributor pleaded not guilty Monday to charges of mail fraud and conspiracy to commit mail fraud. Read More.

Safe stolen from Yonkers library

Detectives were trying to determine who stole a 310-pound safe from an office in the Grinton I. Will Library branch over the weekend without triggering the alarm system.

Employee payroll checks and about $1,800 in petty cash were in the safe, police said.

"We are working very diligently with the Police Department to solve this," Scharien said, expressing concern that the alarm did not go off. "Clearly, we are concerned that it is an inside job."
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Fake cards used to steal rare books

Anonymous Patron writes "Strange One From NZ where Police believe they have busted an organised syndicate of thieves which is alleged to have stolen rare and valuable books from Christchurch City Libraries.It is believed as many as 30 false ID's were used to borrow the books from the libraries. Library stamps and barcodes were removed from the books and they were then onsold to second-hand dealers."

Vandal Edits Davis Library Books With "Purple Prose"

Looks like someone has a beef with four-letter words over at the Farmington, UT (Davis County) Library. According to the AP , an unknown do-it-yourself censor is turning swear words into "darns" and "hecks" -- in purple ink.

The library director Pete Giacoma is hoping that the perp will just tire of his self-imposed editing job, but of course, if he or she is found, there is a fine and possible jail time. CORRECTION: Library is in Layton UT, not Farmington ...Deseret News

FBI Investigating Sandy Berger for National Archives Theft

As a follow-up to yesterday's story, conservator and others wrote in about the FBI investigation of Clinton-administration official and senior Kerry campaign advisor Sandy Berger for removing classified archival material from the National Archives in Washington, D.C.. CNN has the lead story, although some conservative news sources are complaining that the story isn't being carried enough.

Man Flees Police After Stealing Library Book

First thought upon reading this; "you've got to be kidding..."

"A 36-year-old man led police on a short car chase, driving against traffic on a busy boulevard so he wouldn't get caught with a stolen library book.

"It was stupid," said Syracuse police spokesman Sgt. Tom Connellan, who added police broke off pursuit because the situation Sunday became too dangerous." Read More.

Library Book Thief Heading to Prison

This should serve as an example to would-be book thieves...

"A 33-year-old man has been sentenced to six years in prison for stealing library books from the University of Oregon and selling them on eBay." The bad part about it is, in some instances of other thefts, his mother was his accomplice... Read More.

Calgary U's Rare Books Vandalized

wordy1 writes "We've heard of revisionist history but just cutting pages out of history books, well, that's another story...this time from Calgary Univeristy, where some houligan historian has found it interesting to steal pages from rare books and from survey and western geological map plates from the 1890s. Estimated damage is $25K."

3 sentenced in Danish rare book thefts

Anonymous Patron writes "Three family members and a friend of a dead Royal Library worker who stole thousands of rare books, maps and copper prints in the 1960s and 1970s were convicted Thursday of selling some of the items through international auction houses"

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