Crimes & Criminals

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 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.)

Library cookbook thief sentenced to probation

An Anonymous Patron writes "A Follow Up on thatwoman charged with felony theft for stealing nearly 450 books from Quad-City public libraries. She has been sentenced to three years probation.
Kristin Grace, 37, was sentenced in Scott County District Court, and still faces charges in Illinois.
She was arrested Nov. 21, two days after Bettendorf police said they found the items, mostly cookbooks, during a search of her apartment. She was taken to the Scott County Jail and was given a pretrial release. As part of her sentencing that took place Thursday, Grace must provide restitution to Bettendorf and Davenport public libraries."

Sydney man charged with stealing 800 rare library books - National -

A Very Defiant Duckling Named Ender noticed news on a Sydney, Australia, man who has been charged over the alleged theft of more than 800 rare books from libraries over almost five years. Police said detectives recovered 868 books worth an estimated $650,000 after they executed a search warrant on a home in Forrest Road, Ryde, in Sydney's north-west, at 11am (AEDT) yesterday.

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In library theft, it's a tale of 2 stories

Patty shares This Tale From Illinois where floretta Jones was sure someone had stolen her library card and used it to rack up more than $450 in late fees and unreturned video rental charges. A short time later, however, while being interviewed by police, Jones was singing a different tune.

"It's your fault for not checking identification when people check out material," Jones said, the tone of her voice rising with each word. "And I'm not going to be treated like a common thief, especially from some petty librarian. You're going to hear from my attorney."

Police look at library DVD theft

An Anonymous Patron writes to share this article:

"Covington police say somebody is stealing DVDs from the public library in hopes of selling them and putting the cash in their own pockets.
Monday afternoon police confiscated 33 DVD movies they say were being sold to customers at a grocery store called Tienda Morales on Madison Avenue. Police say most of the used DVDs were stolen from the Kenton County Public Library a few blocks away on Scott Street."


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