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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

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"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."

Thousands of dollars stolen from library, police say

The Star-Telegram reports Tens of thousands of dollars have been stolen from the Fort Worth Public Library during routine transfers of funds, police said Friday.

An investigation continues into the thefts, which occurred between July and December, said Lt. Roger Dixon, who heads the Police Department's major case squad.

City officials were alerted to the problem by a library patron who was balancing his checkbook and noticed that a check to the library had not cleared, Assistant City Manager Libby Watson said.

Mother's trove of videos claimed to be libraries'

Melissa Waybright a 24-year-old mother of three is accused of stealing between $7,000 and $10,000 worth of movies from libraries throughout Clermont and Brown counties in Ohio. Authorities say Waybright signed up for library cards under several different names.

Burroughs said she took them for her and her three young children's personal use. "She wanted videos without paying for them," said Assistant Clermont County Prosecutor Tony Brock.
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Denmark library recovers works stolen years ago

Charles Davis notes News From Denmark where investigators have uncovered 1,600 antique books, maps and documents stolen from Denmark's Royal Library.The thefts of the works, worth millions of dollars, started in the late '60s and stopped in 1977-1978, said Erland Kolding Nielsen, director general of the state-owned library.

"It is without any doubt one of the largest thefts of cultural artifacts in Denmark, ever," he said.

Over the years, 3,200 rare books and documents -- including first editions by Immanuel Kant, Thomas More, John Milton and several hundred prints by Martin Luther -- had disappeared from the downtown library.

Arsonists damage school libraries in CA and MI

Police say an arsonist set an early morning fire Sunday in the Grand Haven, MI, High School library that caused $50,000 in damage.

Meanwhile, in CA, SFGate Reports the fire at the K-5 year-round school for 850 students is the seventh fire at a Bay Area school in as many weeks and authorities are trying to determine whether this fire is linked to any of the others.
The fire, which caused an estimated $100,000 in total damage, is considered suspicious, Fairfield Fire Department Capt. Jeff Chandler said. Investigators found evidence that someone tried to set leaves on fire, as well as some cardboard and paper, at two sites outside the school's multipurpose room, Chandler said.

Police recover hundreds of stolen library books

News From IL where 117 hardcover cookbooks mysteriously disappeared in 2001, most likely a few at a time, from the Bettendorf Public Library.
Now, after a search of a Bettendorf apartment, police said Wednesday that they have located those books and about 300 more that had turned up missing from other Quad-City area libraries.

Although an arrest has not yet been made in the case, Bettendorf police expect to charge a suspect with first-degree felony theft. Exactly how the books were spirited out of libraries and why remains unclear.
At the time of their initial disappearance, Clow called the missing volumes “big, beautiful, specialty and general cookbooks — an amazing list of wonderful things.�
Purchased at retail, they would have cost more than $2,300. The value listed by the library was actually $1,391, a number that represented about 5 percent of its $28,000 budget for purchasing nonfiction books.
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No books were found to be missing from other subject areas at the Bettendorf library, but various types of publications were stolen from other area libraries.

Missourian steals library books to sell on eBay

misseli writes "From The Iowa Channel:A Gladstone, MO, man is accused of stealing dozens of books from the library and selling them on eBay, KMBC 9 News in Kansas City reported.A total of 156 library books are missing from the Mid-Continent Library branch. A search of 72-year-old Ronald Pashen's home turned up 28 books. Another 29 were identified by eBay customers, and 99 other books are still missing, KMBC reported.Workers at the library said the alleged thief was a regular visitor.

"He didn't check out that many books at once, so this is really a surprise to us all," assistant librarian Vicki Madick said.

Authorities said they haven't been able to find Pashen to make an arrest."

The Mysterious Fate of the Great Library of Alexandria

What happened to the Royal Library of Alexandria? We can be certain it was there once, founded by Ptolomy II Soter, and we can be equally certain it is not there now. It formed part of the Museum which was located in the Bruchion or palace quarter of the city of Alexandria.
The suspects respectively are a Roman, a Christian and a Moslem - Julius Caesar, Patriarch Theophilus of Alexandria and Caliph Omar of Damascus. It is clear that the Royal Library could not have been burnt down or otherwise destroyed by all three of these characters and so we find we have too many sources for the event of the destruction rather than a paucity.

Stolen, looted, lost and burned

Stolen, looted, lost and burned is an article from The Guardian on an unprecedented virtual exhibition. Curated and introduced by Jonathan Jones.

"There are hundreds of thousands of missing works of art. Some - like the Cellini sculpture that has just been ransomed for £3.5m and the 'Leonardo' that was stolen from the Duke of Buccleuch last week - have been taken by thieves. Others have been destroyed by war or natural disaster. All of them acquire special significance once they disappear".

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