Crimes & Criminals

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.

Four years\' jail for theft of rare books

Charles Davis writes \"A devious chartered accountant, nicknamed the Tome Raider for
his systematic cunning in plundering 412 extremely rare books
from antiquarian libraries, was jailed for four years yesterday.
Full details at
The Guardian \"

\"What he did was equivalent to daubing paint on the Parthenon\", Jacques\'s ex-tutor at Jesus College, Cambridge, Ian DuQuesnay, told the court.\"

Google Search Retrieves Stolen Credit Card Data

Although this isn\'t library-related, it does deal with online privacy and is something that everyone needs to be aware of. Last week a woman typed her name into the Google search engine and discovered that her name was linked to a Russian web site. When she clicked on the link, she discovered that her credit card information, name, address, and phone number were all listed, along with those of several hundred other individuals. More

Librarian May Have Stolen More Than Originally Thought

The librarian at the Du Quoin Public Library who surrendered last month after being charged with stealing $10,000 from the library over the past year, may have actually begun stealing library property,and funds, several years ago. The total may be more than was originally thought by investigators. More from The Du Quoin Evening Call.

Arrest Made in Document Thefts

Charles Davis writes The following article appeared in the November 2001 issue of American
Libraries, p. 32.

Arrest Made in Document Thefts

A University of Wisconsin/Madison student has been arrested on charges he stole signatures of
early American figures while he was working at a Yale University library over the summer.
Benjamin W. Johnson, 21, allegedly stole and sold about 70 documents bearing the signatures
of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and other historical figures.

Finland Goes Easy on Map Thief

A Finnish judge has gone easy on map thief Melvin Nelson Perry:

British citizen Melvin Nelson Perry, 45, was given an 18-month prison sentence on Tuesday for stealing six valuable maps from the map collection of Finnish explorer A. E. Nordenskiöld from the library of the University of Helsinki in February this year. In spite of his prison sentence, Perry walked out of Helsinki District Court a free man, as he was not immediately ordered into custody. It is unlikely that he will ever have to serve his time unless he decides to come to Finland voluntarily.

Perry has not yet decided if he plans to appeal his sentence. He said that he would be willing to do community service, \"but not in a public library\", he added.

More from the Helsingin Sanomat.

Anti-theft device needed for library books

This from Japan reporting that the Tottori
Prefectural Library was found to have lost 6400
volumes since it opened in 1990. In recent months
several libraries have reported losses. They are
considering installing a Book Detection

The Asahi Shimbun reports:
\"The prefecture\'s administrative surveillance team
was brought in, with the governor\'s strict orders to get to
the bottom of the matter. Governor Yoshihiro Katayama
apologized in public for his own ``supervisory
oversight,\'\' and served a written warning to the chief

Full Story

Unlucky library thief

Matt Eberle sent in This One on a would-be thief that tried to rob a library while the local policeman was giving a presentation on crime statistics.

The Citizen newspaper said Superintendent Christo Heunis was addressing business people last Tuesday when the building\'s alarm went off.

\"It was quite ironic. I was actually presenting crime figures at the time,\" the newspaper quoted Heunis as saying.

17th-century texts stolen from Oxford

Always helpful Charles Davis passed along This Times UK Story
on several 400-year-old theology books that have disappeared from the Bodleian Library at Oxford, just days after thieves tried to
snatch precious watches, silver and gold from the university’s
neighbouring Ashmolean Museum.

The 17th-century books, worth about £20,000, had been
available to study on request and were not in display cases.
They think ten large volumes were smuggled out of the library, concealed in clothing.


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