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Book Bandit Targets Library, Taunts Investigators

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by Nick Beres

MAURY COUNTY, Tenn. - A brazen book bandit is targeting the Maury County Public Library, making off with works by some of the most popular authors.

"Evidently we have a real life book thief," said library director Elizabeth Potts.

She said this is not a case of someone not returning overdue books. The thief has stolen books every single week during the past month.

"Most recently he made off with two by Stephen King and one by Lee Childs so he must be into horror and mystery novels," said Potts.

The library staff only learned of the pilfered publications when they started finding a number of discarded book jackets on the shelves. The jackets do not contain any security strips so there's not a good reason to remove them. Potts thinks the thief may purposely leave the jackets behind to taunt them.

"Yeah, ha, ha ... look what I got," said Potts.

There's no evidence of the suspect removing the jackets because the person seems to know the exact corner of the library that is a blind spot for the surveillance cameras.

Some of the libraries most popular books have vanished so quickl, that Potts has taken emergency steps. Now, all of the Stephen King books have been moved behind the circulation desk.

Potts conceded it's not grand theft auto, but the stolen books cost the taxpayer. She said she is perplexed that anyone would go to the trouble to steal the books in this way when the thief can legally gain access to them for free.

"Come on and get a library card and check stuff out. It's not that hard," said Potts.


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