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Library Burglarized Six Times

April Durham writes "Thieves strike again at Wahiawa [Hawaii] library: In most recent break-in (the sixth in 12 months), thieves carted off all but the last six of the library's computers, cutting away chains to haul them off. As for DVDs, the library now has only the ones that were in circulation at the time of the latest burglary. Head librarian Anthony Hooper fears it's only a matter of time until the library is hit again. Meanwhile, the building has to make do without a security system as various entities struggle to come to agreement and come up with resources." Bank robbers often return to branches and individual tellers that have served them well in the past. Time for an Insurrection?

Burglars hit HI library yet again

Sad News From Honolulu Star-Bulletin, they say a burglar or burglars broke into the Wahiawa Public Library last weekend, the sixth break-in at the library over the past year.

Staff members said the burglar or burglars pried the back sliding door open and used box cutters to cut through a heavy-link chain wrapped around the lock of the iron gate at the library entrance.

Two screen monitors, three central processing units and a fax machine were stolen, said Anthony Hooper, the library's temporary branch manager.

National Library of Wales criticised over map thefts

The BBC Reports razors were used to steal a number of maps dating from the early and mid 17th century from the library's Aberystwyth building.

But a four-month delay in informing dealers of what had been taken may have prevented the maps being recovered, according to the Antiquarian Booksellers Associations.
Detectives at Aberystwyth are trying to trace a man wanted for questioning in connection with the thefts in Wales and abroad.

Peter Joseph Bellwood, 50, is listed on the Metropolitan Police's website as one of the 10 most wanted fugitives in the UK.
Small pictures of Mr. Bellwood included in the story.

Police suspect theft in rare book mystery

Lynn writes "Toronto police are searching for the owner of a collection of extremely rare books that a suave young man was trying to sell in the city.

A man was arrested for possession of property obtained by crime after police were called by a suspicious book dealer, Inspector Ken Kinsman of the downtown 51 Division said yesterday.

Here's The Full Story "

Police Suspect Theft in Rare Book Mystery

Gary Deane sent us this story, straight from the home of the 2003 ALA Annual conference.

Toronto police are searching for the owner of a collection of extremely rare books that a suave young man was trying to sell in the city.

A man was arrested for possession of property obtained by crime after police were called by a suspicious book dealer, Inspector Ken Kinsman of the downtown 51 Division said yesterday.

The major-crime unit became involved because the centuries-old volumes were researched on the Internet and found to be worth tens of thousands of dollars.

The most interesting part of the story may be that the books haven't been reported stolen, as far as the police can tell. There are no library markings on the books, so they most likely are from a private collection.

The whole article.

Couple allegedly steals hundreds of DVDs from public libraries

Gary Deane passed over A Short Blurb from Denver, where Police are looking for two people accused of borrowing $29,000 worth of DVD movies from metro area libraries and selling them at pawn shops.
Deputy Attorney General Ken Lane said in some cases they borrowed 15 to 20 DVDs at a time and kept coming back for more. Lane said there is a lesson libraries can learn from this.

"Library districts might want to take a look at their check out policies for DVD movies or other types of materials that are valuable," said Lane.

Mystery at the monastery ends

Charles Davis writes "To the monks of Mont Saint-Odile, perched high in the Vosges mountains, it seemed like the work of the devil. During nearly two
years of doubt and mystification, 1,100 ancient books disappeared from the monastery library without any trace of a break-in.

Yesterday, in a court in Saverne, Alsace, the mystery reached its conclusion when the thief, Stanislas Gosse, 33, was given a
suspended sentence of 18 months for a burglary that had echoes of Umberto Eco's The Name of the Rose and a touch of Harry
Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

The judge was told of a lost map, a secret passage and a hidden entrance through a cupboard, all finally revealed by routine modern
technology - CCTV cameras.
Story at
The Guardian
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Secret passage opened library to book thief

Cliff Urr writes \"A short article - could be useful material for a Hollywood movie. From start of article: \"A French university professor who used a secret passage to steal more than 1,000 ancient books from a medieval monastery appeared in court yesterday charged with \'theft involving cunning\'\". NEWS.scotsman.com has the article.\" The professor was finally caught with the help of video surveillance. Paris is a city known for having several secret passages.

Was the idea for the Matrix stolen -- from a book?

zanne writes "School principal, church pastor, and Tasmanian author Philip Weeks believes the Matrix resembles his story, The Protector, which was first published in segments in the 1990s and published as a novel in 2000. Read This and make up your mind.

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Global Network Aids Theft of Iraqi Artifacts

The NYTimes On a global network of plundering that is rapidly depleting the immense reserves of ancient art and historical data that lie buried in cities that once made up the Babylonian and Sumerian empires.
The looting has been under way on a smaller scale for years, but it has exploded into an orgy of theft in the weeks since American forces toppled the government of Saddam Hussein.

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