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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"


All Stolen library videos returned

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 library’s drop box Friday morning. A week ago today, the box was overflowing with 53 movies.

Stolen movies jammed into library return box

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 wasn’t overflowing with books. Inside were 53 of the classic movies that had been stolen from the library.
“I had gotten a complaint that someone couldn’t return a book because the book drop was stuffed,� Manning said. “But I didn’t expect the movies.�

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Jeanette couple charged with library thefts

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."


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