Crimes & Criminals

Who Dunnit?

Woman charged for torching books at Tacoma library

Submitted by Bibliofuture on Thu, 10/23/2014 - 14:14

A Tacoma woman is in jail, accused of trying to set a library on fire. It happened on a busy Saturday at the Tacoma Main Library, forcing about 250 people to evacuate.

Library workers don't believe the motive was political. According to court documents, Sailly admitted she had an issue with a library worker earlier in the day and admitted to wanting to burn down the library.…

Ex-Iowa library director faces felony charges over $23,000 in improper payments

Submitted by Bibliofuture on Thu, 08/28/2014 - 19:25

The former library director in Malvern, Iowa, has been charged with ongoing criminal conduct and theft following a state investigation that found nearly $33,000 of improper and unsupported payments.

The investigation involved claims submitted by former Library Director Stacey Buick. Both charges are felonies.


Librarian breaking bad - High school librarian arrested for alleged meth lab in Ohio

Submitted by Bibliofuture on Thu, 06/19/2014 - 16:08

A high school librarian in Ohio was making meth on the side, authorities said.
Nicole Gries' luck ran out on Friday the 13th when police received an anonymous tip that there might be a meth lab in her home on Foxford Court in Lakemore.

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Freeze! It's the Library Police

Submitted by birdie on Wed, 04/30/2014 - 18:38

Observations from librarian/writer Roz Warren:

After 15 years of library work, this is what I’ve learned:

Most library patrons are decent, honest, honorable people who wouldn’t dream of stealing from us.

The scum who do want to steal from us will do so and can’t be stopped.

A while back, a woman applied for a library card at my library, received it, then checked out our entire astrology section and carried it off forever.

Librarian Peenalized for his Peeculiar Behavior

Submitted by birdie on Thu, 04/03/2014 - 16:54

So much for privacy, at Florida Atlantic University anyway.

When Seth Thompson was asked why he decided to shoot videos of men urinating in bathrooms at Florida Atlantic University, he told campus police he launched his strange hobby merely to see if he could get away with it. That personal challenge — coupled with his decision to post 13 of the videos on Internet porn sites — will cost the 40-year-old Lake Worth man a year of his life.

Rare books stolen from Becker College Library

Submitted by birdie on Thu, 03/06/2014 - 13:39

A British man named Joseph Heath was ordered to pay $3,000 to Becker College library after stealing 100 rare books, including one signed by Abraham Lincoln, The Telegram reports.

The 53-year-old Leicester native had smuggled around $115,000 out of the antique book collection of the library. One of the books he took was a first edition o Harriet Beecher Stowe’s “Uncle Tom’s Cabin.”

A Sly Cutter in Oak Grove

Submitted by birdie on Mon, 09/30/2013 - 16:54

Someone is cutting random pages out of books at the Oak Lodge Library in Oak Grove, OR.

Clackamas County deputies say the vandal has targeted 122 books so far, costing taxpayers more than $2,700.
Over the past few weeks, library employees noticed pages had been torn and/or cut out of numerous books, mainly from the mystery and science fiction collections, deputies said.