Crimes & Criminals

Faulkner letters theft offends prosecutor

Jen Young sent over This One on H. Morley Swingle, the top prosecutor in Cape Girardeau County. He\'s also an author, and after six letters written by William Faulkner vanished from the rare book room at Southeast Missouri State University, he vowed to prosecute the theft \"with sound and fury.\"
The letters disappeared Sept. 30 after a man who signed as \"R. Smith\" viewed them with a library archivist.

Collector\'s Letter Stolen from Missouri State University

Charles Davis sent over from
This AP Story
on
A William Faulkner letter that was purchased over the Internet last
month for $1,200 by a Portland collector turned out to have been
stolen from Southeast Missouri State University. The dealer selling the letters said he acquired them from a
grocery clerk who said he inherited them from his grandmother\'s
estate, police said.

\"It\'s a really shining statement about what art means, made by
somebody who made as striking a contribution to literary art as
anyone in American letters.\"

Closing the Book on Library Thefts

Ron Force sent along An Odd Story from LA. An 85-year-old longtime Simi Valley resident, retired movie studio employee, whose house was found to have more than 3,500 items from the Thousand Oaks and Simi Valley libraries.

"He seemed unsure that he had done all this. He kept asking if he had done it. But since we were asking him about it, he said he may have done it."

Theory of Gravity Stolen!

This article certainly makes me feel better about loosing a few copies of Consumer Reports and Go Ask Alice a year. It could be worse!
From Reuters. Thieves have stolen the celebrated book in which the 17th century English physicist Issac Newton formulated his famous law of gravity

Posing as readers, the thieves stole a rare first edition of Isaac Newton\'s \"Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica\" from the Russian National Library in St. Petersburg, a library official told Reuters Sunday

I\'m interested what the theives plan to do with the book. It\'s not like they can post this one on eBay. Any purchaser of said book would need to keep it on the down low too. Could it be that the thieves stole it for their own enjoyment?Read the full story.

Accused Book Thief Caught

Good News from TN, where they say they guy
who would enter libraries and check out first edition
books and would then replace them with paperback
books turned himself into Murfreesboro police last
week and when he did he surrendered 52 of 63
first-edition books missing from the library since
January.

Librarian Hopes for Arrest in Book Thefts

Someone is stealing first edition books from libraries in Tennessee, and reselling them. They know who the man is and are hoping he\'ll be arrested soon. The Tennessean has More Here.
The Elk Valley Times has More on This Story.

Schools losing the war against book thefts

Word On a sad situation in Sprinfield, where 2,276 books worth an estimated $40,211 left Springfield school libraries tucked inside jackets, stuffed in backpacks or squeezed between textbooks. An additional 2,147 books worth an estimated $25,656 were checked out but never returned. Only one school has a security system.

“Maybe students would be more wary if there were more eyes watching them,” said Tanya Perretta, a Kickapoo parent and a volunteer at three district libraries. “Maybe we need more volunteers.”

Yale Book Thief Gets Jail Sentence

CTNow.com says the guy who stole more than $1.5 million worth of books and one-of-a-kind manuscripts from Yale University\'s rare book library is going to prison for 15 months.

\"I\'ve never seen a crime of this nature come before me,\" Superior Court Judge Roland D. Fasano said. \"It\'s a significant crime and certainly unusual.\"

Books Stolen From French Monastery

Is it me, or has there been a rash of book stealing as of late. This time the 8th century Mont Sainte Odile monastery in the Alsace region of eastern France was the victim. Over 1000 books vanished from the locked library.

Charles Dass, a former director of the library, said the value of the books stolen from the monastery is impossible to determine. They included centuries-old illuminated manuscripts, books painstakingly illustrated and hand-colored by monks. Some of the works were bound in wood.

The police were stumped for two years but last sunday there was a break in the case. How did the perpetrator steal the books? His method was nothing less than something out of an \"Indiana Jones\" film! To find out you\'re going to have to read the full story!From The Guardian

Librarian Tried to Sell Stolen Sooks

Charles Davis points to
This One that says a librarian who wanted to open his own bookshop stole a string of
valuable titles including Winston Churchill\'s Why I Am A Free
Trader. The \"literary pillage\" went unnoticed for more than a year
as he made regular trips to leading auctioneers such as Christie\'s
and Bonhams with the stolen books.

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