Crimes & Criminals

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.
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It wasn’t overflowing with books. Inside were 53 of the classic movies that had been stolen from the library.
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“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."

P.E.I. Kids in school library scam

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.
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Man arrested in University Of Oregon library theft case

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.
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Young Adult Fund Swiped from Library

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.

Police Looking for Book Thief

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.

Librarians/Trustees on the Take

Two awful stories of librarians on the take: the ex-director of a small library was accused of stealing $22K in Tonganoxie, KS and in Orland Hills,IL a Chicago suburb, where a trustee was accused of pocketing $30K.

Crooks using library to check out goods

http://www.resourceshelf.com sends us this article from the Spartan Daily regarding theft in the campus library.

"Despite having a better security system than in the Clark Library, some students still feel that their belongings aren't safe in the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Joint Library.

George Mendoza, a junior majoring in civil engineering, said he used to feel safe while working as a student assistant in the library for the Cultural Heritage Center.

"My wife works here on the weekends," Mendoza said. "(Last weekend) she was working alone on the sixth floor, university level. Someone approached her for reference help, so she went to a lower floor to use the computer. Someone stole her wedding ring and key card she had left unattended for five minutes.""

Swiped DVDs seen as 'cost of doing business'

Gary Price sends "this story from the Naperville (IL) Sun about a rash of stolen DVDs from the Nichols Library. While not happy with the loss, Deputy Library Director Mark West said that such loss was to be expected in a large library system, that includes holdings of more than 7000 DVD titles.

Thieves target libraries across Ontario campus

Story From Queen's College in Canada says there has recently been a sudden increase in thefts at Stauffer.
“During the first two weeks in February, we had a rash of thefts,� Musgrave said. She said there were between 10 and 12 reports of theft during the two weeks. Musgrave said incidents of theft are an ongoing problem, but the increase is unusual. In other news from Queen's, Rick Mercer is coming to campus! (If you're not Canadian you probably don't know who he is or care.)

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