News Release from: Clackamas Co. Sheriff's OfficePosted: September 30, 2013, 10:30 a.m.
Media and Interested Parties
Page-stealing bandit strikes Oak Lodge Library; tips sought
Please reference Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Case #13-29517
An unknown suspect is cutting random pages out of books in the Oak Lodge Library --122 books so far -- costing taxpayers over $2,700.
On Thursday, Sept. 26, the Oak Lodge Library called the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office to report that an unknown person had damaged approximately 122 library books by cutting out random pages.
Over the past few weeks, library employees had noticed pages were torn out and/or cut from numerous books -- mainly from the library's mystery and science-fiction collections.
Library employees conducted an internal investigation by checking who had been checking out these books -- and concluded the damage has been done while the books are still in the library.
Only the center pages are being ripped or cut out. The current loss to the library from these damages is $2,750 so far.
The area in which the mystery and science-fiction books are is furthest from the main desk -- an area more difficult to monitor by staff.
The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office is seeking tips and information regarding this crime.
Anyone with information concerning this crime is encouraged to contact the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office's confidential Tip Line -- by telephone at 503-723-4949 or by using the online e-mail form. Please reference Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Case #13-29517.
The public can also submit crime-tip text messages to the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office from a cell phone. All users have to do is send a text message to CRIMES (274637 on your phone keypad) -- with the keyword CCSO as the first word in the message body.
Robert Wurpes, Sergeant
Office of Public Information
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office
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