Crimes & Criminals

Attempted arson at Mahopac Library

Anonymous Patron writes "Strange One Out Of Mahopac, NY, where Hours after the new $7.9 million Mahopac Library reopened following a pipe burst in December, police say it appears someone tried to burn the library down — or blow it up — by setting a fire beneath the natural gas meter."

more on book theft at Transylvania U.

Susan Brown writes "Here are additional descriptions of the items taken from Transylvania University Library December 17, 2004.

Please contact Detective Andrew Cain with the Lexington Police Department with any information. He can be reached at 859-258-3600 or acain@lfucg.com .

Thanks for any info."

Judge to felon: Repay library

Anonymous Patron writes "Judge to felon: Repay library Just two days after a Will County judge sentenced her to jail, another judge has ordered former Homer Township Library District director Regetta Meyers to repay $337,000 to the district."

Thieving librarian gets six months

News From IL on a Director who stole $100,000 from a public library. Homer Township's former library director was sentenced Tuesday to six months in the Will County jail for stealing more than $100,000 from the library district.

Circuit Judge Gerald Kinney could have sent Regetta Meyers to state prison for anywhere from four to 15 years. Instead, she will spend about 90 days in jail and four years on probation.

1st Edition - DARWINS THEORY OF EVOLUTION - Stolen from Library

As reported earlier, some materials were stolen from the rare book room of the Transylvania University library. search-engines-web guy followed up on this and found an update on the theft in the Lexington Herald-Leader. One of the books that was stolen is a first edition copy of Darwin's The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, believed to be one of only 1,600 copies.

Transylvania is offering a $5,000 reward for the return of the rare items or for information leading to their recovery in good condition. ... Anyone with information about the robbery should call Crime Stoppers at (859) 253-2020 or from a cell phone, call *2020, or Transylvania's department of public safety at (859) 233-8118. Lexington police Lt. James Curless said the investigation is continuing.

Alaska Library Has Costly Break-in

The Curmudgeony Librarian writes "A break-in at the Noel Wien Library in Fairbanks, AK may end up costing much more than the $300 dollars stolen from the cash drawer.
The thief broke a one-of-a-kind stained glass window to gain entry to the building. The window was titled "Alaska In Vitro," and showed a panorama of Alaska. Artists Donna Alania Clark, Cherie Garfinkle and Douglas Yates created the work in 1979. It is hoped that the work can be repaired, but officers valued the damage at over $10,000.

The break-in occurred Monday December 20th about 2:30 a.m. Anyone with information regarding the burglary is urged to contact the Fairbanks police department. Contact information can be found on their website, serious tips only, please."

Internet Alert Exposed Trail of Library Thefts

Anonymous Patron writes "Another whodunnit from Scotsman.com News. With strong black-market demand for rare maps and prints around the world, and many illicit collectors, the chance of recovering anything at all seems marginal."

Theft of rare books at Transylvania University

clareboothluce writes "Two men subdued a library employee and made off with rare books last week during finals at Transylvania University in downtown Lexington, Kentucky. Transy has some particularly fine special collections holdings.

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Libraries under investigation for alleged financial abuses

Blake writes "accessnorthga.com Reports Federal and state officials have launched an investigation into alleged financial abuses at middle Georgia libraries.

At the center of the probe is David C. Wilson, director of the Ocmulgee Regional Library, which has branches in Cochran, Alamo, McRae, Hawkinsville and Abbeville. Georgia Bureau of Investigation agents raided the main library in Eastman back in May and also searched Wilson's home and car."

Kenyon College Library Employee Sells Rare Texts on EBay

A former night supervisor of the Kenyon (OH) College library, David Breithaupt aged 45, pleaded guilty Friday to selling rare books and other artifacts from the school's collection for $26,000, according to court documents.

Fifty ancient books, all more than 100 years old and having a cumulative value of more than $50,000 were sold to buyers in 19 other states and four foreign countries. Mansfield News

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