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#1 Nov 11, 2009
12 accused of filching from Pr. George's library shelves
By Ruben Castaneda
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, November 11, 2009

A Prince George's County grand jury has indicted a dozen people on felony theft charges, accusing them of collectively stealing almost $90,000 worth of books from county public libraries, authorities said yesterday.

In a news conference in front of county library headquarters in Hyattsville, State's Attorney Glenn F. Ivey said the alleged thieves weren't looking to expand their intellectual horizons. The suspects pilfered the books to line their pockets, reselling them to bookstores or on the Internet, Ivey said.

Many of the stolen books are college textbooks, which sell for as much as $200 apiece, Ivey said.

"It's a fair amount of money if you can move enough books," Ivey said.

Books were stolen from 12 of the county's 18 public library branches, officials said.

Investigators think at least three of the alleged thieves were working together and are trying to determine whether the group was bigger, said a law enforcement source who spoke on condition of anonymity because the probe is ongoing.

The 12 suspects are all from Maryland, and half are from Baltimore or nearby areas. Only one defendant, Bowie resident Robert T. Nash, 28, is from Prince George's, officials said.

Ivey and other law enforcement officials said the alleged thieves obtained library cards using their real names, checked out large numbers of books, then sold them instead of returning them. None of the stolen books have been recovered, Ivey said.

"This is a theft from a public trust that all of us take advantage of, especially college students," Ivey said.

Most of the books were checked out between November 2008 and last July, authorities said.

The thieves took advantage of the fact that the county library system allows individuals to check out as many as 75 items -- books, DVDS and CDs -- at a time, officials said.

Heather R. Harris, 30, of Essex is accused of stealing 74 books, worth $9,428, in November 2008.

Officials said some defendants are facing charges or are under investigation for similar offenses in Baltimore and Baltimore and Harford counties.

Camila Alire, president of the American Library Association, said libraries across the country experience theft on a daily basis, "but not to the extent of what's happened in Prince George's County."

Detective Anthony Guerreiro of the Hyattsville Police Department initiated the investigation into the Prince George's thefts in January after a librarian reported suspected thefts, officials said.

In 2005, a woman and her boyfriend pleaded guilty to charges of felony theft after they acknowledged stealing almost 500 books from county libraries. The two were ordered to pay $20,000 in restitution to the library system.

Georgetown, Guyana

#2 Nov 11, 2009
this is for you Freddie....Please take note...

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#3 Nov 11, 2009
take note of the fine because yours should have been harsher due to fact that you got away it for so long...

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#4 Nov 15, 2009
The fine is not the only thing that Freddie has to face, its the embarrassment behind it.
Committing an act of an four year old that yearn attention, come on Freddie do the right thing and give the people them back their books.
Common Sense

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#5 Nov 15, 2009
A close eye should be paid to Freddie's daughter, who knows she might have learnt a thing or two from DADDY!

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#6 Nov 16, 2009
Common Sense wrote:
A close eye should be paid to Freddie's daughter, who knows she might have learnt a thing or two from DADDY!
He should also stop peek and seeking in other man daughter. Miss Bulkan killed her self due to she was in love with her cousin and was stopped from involving the relationship and not because "if UG was better".

He should take a look at his daughter she might do crazy things when she see's the carp and faces the embarrassment that he is causing her.

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#7 Nov 18, 2009
Freddie watch your daughter, sign her up for counseling or something, save her form your humiliations that she may have to endure later on...because the rate you going with, with your assumptions and conclusions are just out of context for the general public....

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