Crimes & Criminals

Corporate librarian embezzles funds

Rich writes "Friday's Boston Herald reports that a former research librarian at Bain & Co. has been indicted on embezzlement charges for stealing over $800,000 from the the company's Boston office. Has The Report"

In Saskatchewan there is a Library!

Bob writes "A boarding school of 350 students in Saskatchewan Canada - and if you want to see wheat fields as far as the eye can see visit Saskatchewan - has a collection of manuscripts that most universities can only read about. The founder was told he needed a library, so he got a good one! The whole story here from The Walrus."

Thousands of documents stolen from Russian city archives

Anonymous Patron writes "SPB PRESS #110 - Thousands of documents stolen from city archives More than 7,000 irreplaceable documents -- including historic decrees signed by Peter the Great -- have been stolen from St Petersburg's state archives.

Thieves helped themselves to handfuls of ancient manuscripts from binders in bundles of up to 50 before making their escape from Russia's biggest historical archive, on Millionaya Ulitsa."

The VERY BAD Librarian

There's always a couple of rotten apples in every barrel.

One is Regetta Meyers, former director for 17 years of the Homer (IL) Township Library , who was found to have embezzled money from her library for over seven years by keeping two sets of books and writing checks to herself.

The library district has accused her of stealing about $320,000 over several years. Story from the Star Newspapers (not far from Champaign-Urbana).

Man stole 50 maps from library

Seems like we've had a million library-theft stories lately, well, Here's One More. A man has admitted stealing 50 of the world's rarest maps from the National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth.

Peter Bellwood used a razor to cut out pages from rare atlases, and said he made £70,000 from selling them on.

Iowa State library steps up security after "priceless" items stolen

Although the State Historical Society has recovered a slew of rare materials a patron took from the state's library, officials say they're moving ahead with plans to step up security.

"Basically, these are materials that are irreplaceable. These are one-of-a-kind letters or diaries, photographs or maps, things that don't exist anywhere else," said Shaner Magalhaes, library administrator for the State Historical Society. "They literally are priceless. Recovering them is the only way that you can still have them because you can't go out and buy them again somewhere."
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Book Thieves Used Trademe

An Anonymous Patron writes "Not much to XTRAMSN: News: NZ News: Book Thieves Used Trademe, from MSN in New Zeland, but Internet auction website Trademe has been caught up in a police investigation into the theft of rare books from universities, libraries and private collections around the country.

Seven people have so far been arrested in connection with the five-month police investigation."

Local bookseller selling stolen goods?

Steffers writes "The Nashville Scene is reporting that over the course of their 3-month investigation a local bookseller bought, sold, and requested stolen materials. Other booksellers have found stolen merchandise at this particular store, but all would like to give this store owner the benefit of the doubt. However, the pattern that emerges is disturbing to say the least. I know that when we had some civil war books stolen from here they were found (all markings, barcodes intact) on the shelves of this store."

Library Patron Splices Porn onto Videotapes

An unnamed do-it-yourself video-editor has been found responsible for adding pornographic footage (and some non-porn too) to some 200 video tapes owned by the Decatur and Mount Zion libraries in central Illinois.

The perp has been banned from the library for life and has been arrested on preliminary charges of criminal damage to state-supported property and criminal damage to library materials. Here's the sad story.

Arrests in library thefts won't happen

Anonymous Patron writes " Arrests in library thefts won't happen : Thieves have stolen more than $72,000 from the Fort Worth Public Library, but sloppy internal accounting procedures have made it impossible for police to make an arrest.

Police detectives narrowed the list of suspects to two people but couldn't prove a case because of poor record-keeping and other issues at the library, said Sgt. Rene Kamper of the major case unit.

"The big issue is that there were many problems," Kamper said."


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