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An Anonymous Patron writes "Not much to XTRAMSN: News: NZ News: Book Thieves Used Trademe, from MSN in New Zeland, but Internet auction website Trademe has been caught up in a police investigation into the theft of rare books from universities, libraries and private collections around the country.
Seven people have so far been arrested in connection with the five-month police investigation."
Steffers writes "The Nashville Scene is reporting that over the course of their 3-month investigation a local bookseller bought, sold, and requested stolen materials. Other booksellers have found stolen merchandise at this particular store, but all would like to give this store owner the benefit of the doubt. However, the pattern that emerges is disturbing to say the least. I know that when we had some civil war books stolen from here they were found (all markings, barcodes intact) on the shelves of this store."
An unnamed do-it-yourself video-editor has been found responsible for adding pornographic footage (and some non-porn too) to some 200 video tapes owned by the Decatur and Mount Zion libraries in central Illinois.
The perp has been banned from the library for life and has been arrested on preliminary charges of criminal damage to state-supported property and criminal damage to library materials. Here's the sad story.
Anonymous Patron writes " Arrests in library thefts won't happen : Thieves have stolen more than $72,000 from the Fort Worth Public Library, but sloppy internal accounting procedures have made it impossible for police to make an arrest.
Police detectives narrowed the list of suspects to two people but couldn't prove a case because of poor record-keeping and other issues at the library, said Sgt. Rene Kamper of the major case unit.
"The big issue is that there were many problems," Kamper said."
Rasael writes "Police in New Zealand break up a library book stealing ring, recovering Over 1,000 books have been recovered including Captain Cook's diaries written in 1785.http://tvnz.co.nz/view/news_national_story_skin/45 0789%3fformat=html"
A woman has admitted her part in a book stealing scheme which plundered books worth more than $34,000 from Christchurch, New Zealand city libraries. A police search of the woman's home recovered about 30 books and several sets of library identification. She initially denied involvement, but later admitted her part.
A total of 337 books valued at about $18,000 were recovered by police, but 320 worth about $16,000 were still outstanding. Read More.
Two men accused of aiding a Romanian man charged with hacking into the online ordering system of the world's largest computer equipment distributor pleaded not guilty Monday to charges of mail fraud and conspiracy to commit mail fraud. Read More.
Detectives were trying to determine who stole a 310-pound safe from an office in the Grinton I. Will Library branch over the weekend without triggering the alarm system.
Employee payroll checks and about $1,800 in petty cash were in the safe, police said.
"We are working very diligently with the Police Department to solve this," Scharien said, expressing concern that the alarm did not go off. "Clearly, we are concerned that it is an inside job."
Anonymous Patron writes "Strange One From NZ where Police believe they have busted an organised syndicate of thieves which is alleged to have stolen rare and valuable books from Christchurch City Libraries.It is believed as many as 30 false ID's were used to borrow the books from the libraries. Library stamps and barcodes were removed from the books and they were then onsold to second-hand dealers."