Librarian stole rare books from library and sold them on Amazon because she had too much debtBy Alexis Bell 1:48 PM February 13, 2018
A librarian managed to steal hundreds of rare books and sell them online before being caught, according to police in the United Kingdom.
Wales police said that they have arrested Elizabeth McGregor, 57, after abusing her position and swiping books and other items from the Pontypridd Library.
She was convicted of theft and perverting the course of justice at the Merthyr Tydfil Crown Court.
Judge Richard Twomlow sentenced the librarian to serve 8 months in prison.
According to the police investigation, McGregor worked at the Pontypridd Library for many years.
After McGregor accumulated a lot of debt, she decided to steal expensive books with historical significance from the library and sell them on Amazon and eBay.
One of the items she stole was the “Report Of The Tribunal Of Inquiry Into The Aberfan Disaster.”
The Aberfan disaster was the catastrophic collapse of a National Coal Board site in Aberfan about 50 years ago.
The coal slid down the mountain above the village at 9:15 a.m., killing 116 children and 28 adults.
The coal buried a junior school and other buildings in the town.
She put the book up for sale on Amazon for $600.
The librarian stole hundreds of other books and sold them online.
When library officials noticed that books were missing, they launched an investigation.
Investors later found some of the missing books for sale on McGregor’s Amazon account.
Police raided McGregor’s home and found many of the missing books.
Some of the books were partially burned.
The “Report Of The Tribunal Of Inquiry Into The Aberfan Disaster” book was found in a garbage can near McGregor’s home.
McGregor denied stealing the books, saying that she bought the items from other libraries that were selling excess stock.