|The Book Thief|
The Chicago Sun-Times has the details:
(So the guy is either 47 or 43 years of age - typical newspaper editing these days.)A 47-year-old west suburban man who amassed an impressive collection of reference materials — thousands of books and DVDs — was arrested Friday when police discovered the materials had been stolen from libraries to sell online.James F. Jackson, 43, remained in the DuPage County Jail in Wheaton on Tuesday in lieu of $25,000 bail, charged with three felonies: theft of government property, library theft and theft/possession of stolen property over $300, according to Lisle police.
I have to assume that these items were clearly marked as library property and that the doofus was stealing only the highest quality (and newest) items he could get his hands on - so why did no one report him when they got a look at what they had purchased from him online?
Is security that lax in Chicago's public libraries? Come on, now. He stole thousands of items from a limited number of libraries. Did no one in the system even notice how often this man was coming inside to carry armloads of books and DVDs out the door? Don't most libraries have electronic security these days that will set off an alarm when an item crosses the barrier without first having been checked out?
I don't get it. Maybe I'm just naive, but I have to blame this kind of thing as much on the library staff as on the thief too stupid to get away with his crime.