Friday, January 16, 2009

Library Vandal Gets Time

Librarians take note: there are times when justice is done. From BBC News:
A wealthy businessman who stole and defaced pages from priceless books in the British and Bodleian libraries has been jailed for two years.
Hakimzadeh was smuggling a scalpel into the libraries, then removing portions of rare works, taking them home and placing them in his own copies of the same works.
Police found the altered editions along with several loose pages in the library at his home.

The 10 British Library books he admitted damaging were valued at £71,000 alone. Experts say he had defaced a total of around 150 books.

A map worth £30,000 was cut out of one of the books.
The BBC piece is here.



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