January 27, 2021

Books Stolen From Cape Cod Libraries Spotted For Sale on eBay

From the Cape Cod Times:

Librarians across the Cape are checking their book collections after a Hyannis man was allegedly caught stealing books last week at Brooks Free Library. Arthur Souza, 52, was charged with larceny of library materials valued at more than $250, but police and librarians believe he has stolen from at least four Cape libraries and sold the books to a Chatham antiques dealer who in turn auctioned them on eBay.

Red flags first went up the weekend before last, when Lucy Loomis, director of Sturgis Library in West Barnstable, received an email from a bookseller in South Carolina. The man had seen a book for sale on eBay, an online auction site, that clearly bore library identification markings.

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About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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