Crimes & Criminals

Librarians vigilant after rare-book thefts

Bob Cox sent in another Book Theft Story. As rare books get rarer, libraries become targets.

\"Libraries are really sitting ducks, as lay people become aware of how much some of their things might be worth,\" said Ken Sanders, security committee chairman for the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America.

Library thefts uncovered

Bob Cox sent in this Pioneer Planet Story on the big find of Hundreds (over 800)of books missing from Twin Cities libraries in a mans home. The police expect to seek felony theft charges against 36-year-old man. In one case he checked out every copy of an aquarium book carried at three Dakota County libraries, using different names. Full Story

``His reading tastes were rather eclectic,\'\' said Roseanne Byrne, assistant director of the Dakota County library system. ``I think he probably was playing a wonderful game, a complicated game, and wanted to see how far it would go for whatever reason.\'\'

Library DVDs Stolen, Sold

This story really bothers me.Bob Cox sent in This Story from Cleveland.com on DVD theft ring. A local CD Warehouse had more than 800 CDs and 90 DVDs from libraries in the store!!! They never even bothered to take off the library labels! Employees told police they thought the music and movies were library discards.

\"One of the suspects asked us how many CDs and DVDs were recovered,\" Lentz said. \"When we told him, he said, That’s nothing. We took thousands of them.\"

UPDATE: 12/1 9:45amA New Story today says the thefts were due to a crappy old security system (Sounds like tatle strips)

\"There\'s no security system made that can\'t be beaten,\" Wood said. \"If you\'re serious about stealing material, there\'s not much I can do about it.\"

Rare books stolen from Harvard

Ever vigilant Bob Cox sent in this Story from Boston.com on
some very rare books that went missing from Harvard.
In March, Chun Shum, a rare books specialist at the
library, discovered treasured volumes of poetry and
painting date back more than 1,000 years, had been
snatched from their protected perch in the rare book
room.

\'\'These are works of huge historic and
literary importance,\'\' said Nancy Cline, head librarian of
Harvard College, who oversees the world\'s largest
academic collection of books. \'\'It\'s very difficult to
estimate the impact of their loss.\'\'

Rare African maps stolen from S.Africa library

CNN has this story about rare maps stolen from a university library in South Africa.\"Fifteen maps were stolen on Saturday from the William Cullen Library at the University of the Witwatersrand. They are extremely rare and extremely valuable,\" Dr. Alan Crump, a professor of fine arts at the university, told Reuters.\" -- Read More

Pedal to work, get bike stolen

Brian writes \"Despite the mayor\'s enthusiasm for
bicycles-as-transportation, Chicago Public Library still
has no secure bike parking for employees. Chicago
Tribune
columnist Eric Zorn has the Story.
\"


He suggests, in part:

\"Put a cage around one of
those indoor parking spaces now used by an
environmentally unfriendly, traffic-thickening car and
make it a bike locker for employees; shove supplies
aside somewhere in the bowels of the building and
designate a bike parking area; or let employees park
their bikes near their work spaces.\"

Open policy aided rare-book theft from Lawrence library

Eight valuable books taken from locked display case. Read about it Here. From the Post-Crescent.

Lawrence University\'s Seeley G. Mudd Library Heritage Room is some book nook. The curtained, dimly lit alcove is home to a collection of 2,600 rare volumes dating from the 16th
century. Some of the volumes in the Heritage Room are illuminated manuscripts. Some are art books designed to be pieces of art themselves.

Although it houses a book collector\'s wealth of treasure, the room is not under lock and key.

Man pleads guilty to watching child porn at uni

Mister Cow Cow writes "From Iowa: Man pleads guilty to watching child porn at university library, A man accused of watching child pornography on a computer at the main library at the University of Iowa last summer has pleaded guilty to a charge of sexual exploitation of a minor.

Russell Pitcher of Coralville faces up to five years in prison and a 75-hundred dollar fine.

According to campus police, Pitcher was caught watching child porn at the library in August. He also had a box of computer disks, two of which contained child porn."

Related article on Transylvania rare books theft

Catherine Lavallée-Welch writes "Article on rare books thefts in libraries, following the event at Transylvania University. Snitch.com Has The Story"

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