Crimes & Criminals

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.

Map thief on the loose in Europe

The Guardian Reports Scotland Yard says it is estimated that 4,500 maps, which can be sold for anything up to £10,000, are missing from libraries across Europe.

The thieves are thought to steal to order for collectors across the world - the maps are especially sought after in the US and far east - or dealers who do not ask too many questions. The atlases they are taken from are ruined for ever.

Friends Exec Director Arrested for Art Theft

Marv K. writes \"The head of the organization in charge of raising money for the Onondaga County Public Library was arraigned Saturday, accused of stealing a $50,000 painting from the library\'s main branch and selling it at his own garage sale for $200...

Here\'s The Full Story \"

Detectives said that sometime in October, Dydyk removed the John Barrow painting \"Ben Porter\" from a vacant library office in the Galleries.

Four charged over Harry Potter thefts

"A 44-year-old man has been charged with stealing copies of chapters of the new Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix novel."

"Donald Parfitt, of Worlingham, Suffolk, an employee of Clays printing firm in Bungay, has been released on bail to appear before magistrates in Lowestoft on May 14, a police spokesman said." (from Ananova)

A shameful theft of the crown jewels of memory

A shameful theft of the crown jewels of memory was spotted by Lee Hadden.
The story says Until this week only soldiers and reporters had witnessed the devastation of the National Museum of Baghdad, the seventh biggest in the world, and the burning of the National Library, containing some 5,000 of the earliest known manuscripts. On Tuesday a team led by John Curtis from the British Museum returned from Iraq and agreed with the senior archaeologist, Lord Renfrew of Kaimsthorn, that we face the greatest heritage catastrophe since the Second World War. Though it is early days, two vast repositories of world history appear simply to have vanished.

Inquiry demanded over US failure to stop library looting

Charles Davis writes \"The burning of Iraq\'s National Library is a \"devastating loss\" and is the equivalent of losing the British Library, international academics said in This Story. The US military\'s
failure to prevent the calamity must be investigated to prevent it happening again, they added.
The failure of American troops to prevent the looting was called \"totally discreditable\", saying they had violated a whole series of international
conventions on the rules of war. He said an investigation was essential, not so much to assign blame as to make sure everyone understood what had gone
wrong. \"

Identity Theft: An Annotated Bibliography

LLRX writes "
Sabrina I. Pacifici documents federal and state resources that address the proliferation of ID theft and online fraud, including current law and pending legislation, as well as consumer advocacy guides and selected news. New on LLRX.com for February 15, 2003 at Identity Theft: An Annotated Bibliography of Federal, State, Consumer and News Resources "

$18,000 stolen from library dime at a time

Kim writes I don\'t think the numbers add up though. CPL would have to take in a tremendous amount of money per day, \"Here\'s The Story \"

They say A 21-year veteran Chicago Public Library clerk has been charged with felony theft for allegedly pocketing $18,000 in fines over a five-month period--half of her annual salary--from the 6,000 daily patrons of the Harold Washington Library.
They say She used the money to pad her salary and to pay attorneys who represented her son who, she said, has been in and out of jail.

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