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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.
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."
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"
An Anonymous Patron sends this "follow-up from theQuad City Times about the library thief who apparently has had a change of heart.
"The thief who stolen almost 100 classic movies from the Maquoketa Public Library has returned all of them now.
Library Director Karen Manning found 38 more movies in the libraryâ€™s drop box Friday morning. A week ago today, the box was overflowing with 53 movies.
I just love a good caper. Maquoketa, Iowa Public Library Director Karen Manning was surprised to see the book drop stuffed full Monday morning.
It wasnâ€™t overflowing with books. Inside were 53 of the classic movies that had been stolen from the library.
â€œI had gotten a complaint that someone couldnâ€™t return a book because the book drop was stuffed,â€? Manning said. â€œBut I didnâ€™t expect the movies.â€?
An Anonymous Patron sends "this story from the Pittsburgh Post Gazette about another rash of library thefts, this time in Westmoreland (PA) County. These Very Bad People allegedly swiped over $8000 worth of materials from various county libraries and sold them at flea markets."
If you live in (on?) Prince Edward Island (that's in Canada) keep your eyes open for a group of kids out solicting funds for books for the library at Spring Park School. Charlottetown police Constable Gary Clow says "They are not collecting funds for that, and we're asking the public that if anyone comes to their door soliciting funds for library books at Spring Park School not to give them any money and to give Charlottetown police a call."
They have collected at least $10 for a phony cause.
The Eugene Police Department is charging a Eugene resident for stealing books from the Knight Library and then selling them on eBay, according to EPD Detective Steve Williams.
Williams said Douglas Collver allegedly sold about 250 "fairly obscure" books on the popular Internet auction site, most of which cost less than $100 although many were 75 to 150 years old. The books were not part of a special collection.
A cashbox containing nearly $1000 earmarked for a Harwood Heights (IL) young adult library group was stolen from the Eisenhower Public Library some time in mid-March. Members of the youth group had raised the money the help the library buy prizes for a battle of the bands contest. The group also donates a portion of the money to various charities each year. More from the Pioneer Press.
Eugene (OR) police are looking for a man suspected of stealing hundreds of books from the University of Oregon's library. Armed with a search warrant, police found evidence that the man had put at least 300 books up for auction on eBay. The tip-off came from a dealer after he was asked by a buyer to repair a book with the University library's imprint. Most of the books were valuable because of their age, not rarity. The suspect, Douglas Collver, remains at large. More here from the Salem (OR) Statesman Journal.