Crimes & Criminals

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

SIZZLING Mad - Hunt for the RECIPE Snipper

search engines person shares this story from the Bloomington (IL) Public Library:

Librarians first noticed pages were missing from several cookbooks last summer. Since then they have pulled nearly 100 cookbooks from circulation because of missing or damaged pages - an estimated loss of $2,000....Librarians said many of the books are out-of-print and might be irreplaceable.

Update: 12/15 14:51 EST by R: I posted this yesterday, but will post again, since there's a follow-up story. BPL (MPOE) has had an outpouring of support, with donations of cash and books. More here, and a picture of some of the damaged books here.

Cookbook Slasher on the Loose

Front page news from my hometown newspaper about the rash of cookbook mutilations that have been noted since this past summer. Grrr!!!! And here's our departmental newsletter with a small piece I wrote about the thefts a couple months ago.

Update: 12/15 08:49 EST by B:The Friends of the Library and the local bookstore, About Books, are pitching in to replace the purloined pages: Pantagraph.com .

Macomb MI libraries are struck by thieves

Anonymous Patron writes "News From Michigan where Law enforcement agencies from across Macomb County are investigating a rash of DVD thefts from local libraries that are turning up in local resale and pawn shops.

About 800 DVDs have been stolen from the Shelby Township library and the three branches of the Clinton-Macomb Public Library -- two in Clinton Township and one in Macomb Township."

Corporate librarian embezzles funds

Rich writes "Friday's Boston Herald reports that a former research librarian at Bain & Co. has been indicted on embezzlement charges for stealing over $800,000 from the the company's Boston office.
bostonherald.com Has The Report"

In Saskatchewan there is a Library!

Bob writes "A boarding school of 350 students in Saskatchewan Canada - and if you want to see wheat fields as far as the eye can see visit Saskatchewan - has a collection of manuscripts that most universities can only read about. The founder was told he needed a library, so he got a good one! The whole story here from The Walrus."

Thousands of documents stolen from Russian city archives

Anonymous Patron writes "SPB PRESS #110 - Thousands of documents stolen from city archives More than 7,000 irreplaceable documents -- including historic decrees signed by Peter the Great -- have been stolen from St Petersburg's state archives.

Thieves helped themselves to handfuls of ancient manuscripts from binders in bundles of up to 50 before making their escape from Russia's biggest historical archive, on Millionaya Ulitsa."

The VERY BAD Librarian

There's always a couple of rotten apples in every barrel.

One is Regetta Meyers, former director for 17 years of the Homer (IL) Township Library , who was found to have embezzled money from her library for over seven years by keeping two sets of books and writing checks to herself.

The library district has accused her of stealing about $320,000 over several years. Story from the Star Newspapers (not far from Champaign-Urbana).

Man stole 50 maps from library

Seems like we've had a million library-theft stories lately, well, Here's One More. A man has admitted stealing 50 of the world's rarest maps from the National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth.

Peter Bellwood used a razor to cut out pages from rare atlases, and said he made £70,000 from selling them on.

Iowa State library steps up security after "priceless" items stolen

Although the State Historical Society has recovered a slew of rare materials a patron took from the state's library, officials say they're moving ahead with plans to step up security.

"Basically, these are materials that are irreplaceable. These are one-of-a-kind letters or diaries, photographs or maps, things that don't exist anywhere else," said Shaner Magalhaes, library administrator for the State Historical Society. "They literally are priceless. Recovering them is the only way that you can still have them because you can't go out and buy them again somewhere."
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