Thieves Target European Libraries

Thieving library staff take a love of rare books too far

World – Times Online
November 24, 2006

“A mysterious gap in a dusty bookshelf gave the game away for a corrupt library worker who stole more than $1 million US of antique tomes from one of Germany’s most respected universities.

Now the trial of Reinhold K (he cannot be named before the hearing) , who slipped 16th-century botanical works under his long black coat, is set to expose the increasingly lucrative world of library theft.

Across Europe, thieves have been targeting ancient and well-stocked libraries, and then feeding their booty to unscrupulous booksellers and auction houses.”

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