Book-Stealing Lady Makes LeVar Burton Weep Rainbow Tears

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A woman in California has been slapped with $7,600 in fines and ordered to stay away from public libraries after it was discovered that she had stolen thousands of library books and was attempting to sell them online. For shame, California book stealer.

Forty-five-year-old Maria Nater pleaded guilty to one count of felony burglary after she was apprehended trying to sell books she stole from San Diego area public libraries on the internet. Most of the books were about such fan favorite topics as animals, cooking, and crafts.

And she would've gotten away with it, too, if it weren't for those pesky librarians launching an investigation into the whereabouts of all the missing books.


Woman stole 2,000 library books to sell on the internet [LAT]

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Since I am addicted to books like some people are addicted to narcotics, I buy many of them used. I am always incredibly dismayed to receive books that have library stamps and bindings on them because I always worry that they've been stolen and re-sold. Unless they bear a stamp or seal saying they've been taken out of the collection, I always panic. I once even tried to reach out to a library in Texas and see if the book was stolen but they never replied to my e-mail.

I worked in libraries and bookstores all my life, so I hope I'm not TOO insane. I know what a problem theft is in these places. It just boggles my mind. I mean, I'm sure there isn't too much of a market for used 99 cent Anne Rice novels and I never worry about those, but when I buy a book for $50 (or more!) that's rather rare and comes to me with library stamps on it, I just get a sinking feeling.