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Man accused of stealing $1M in rare books says they were left to rot

New York Post – “It was trash not treasure. The home-electronics installer accused of pilfering $1 million worth of rare books from a Fifth Avenue mansion owned by the widow of a Vanderbilt heir claimed the precious tomes has been left to rot in the basement. Timothy Smith, 41, faces a felony grand larceny charge for the alleged theft from the late Carter Burden’s extensive collection of 20th century American literature, including first-edition copies by Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald.”

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Colo. Teen Arrested For Not Returning Library DVD

AP – “A teenager who forgot to return a DVD to a Littleton library was arrested for failing to appear at court to respond to the charge. The father of 19-year-old Aaron Henson says his son never got the court summonses because they were being sent to an old address. Authorities discovered Henson had a warrant for failing to appear in court during a traffic stop a couple of weeks ago.”

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Thieves break through walls to steal from library

AP – “Police say thieves busted through walls to steal six computers from a library in a poor Philadelphia neighborhood. Library staff noticed the thefts from the Cecil B. Moore branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia on Tuesday morning.”

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Crimes Not Reported At Libraries

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Thefts won’t change library policy

Press Citizen – “Police last month charged an Iowa City resident with the theft of 53 DVDs from the public library. It could take weeks or months before the library sees those movies or the $1,360 they are valued at, police said. However, library director Susan Craig said the library won’t be changing the policy that allows residents to check out so many materials in the first place because thefts are rare.”

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Crime @ Your Library

Doug McIntyre – “Every library has a section devoted to crime novels, but leave it to Los Angeles to have libraries that are crime scenes.”

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