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Book thief gets 5 months

A man who called himself a "book addict" was sentenced to five months of detention for stealing 385 books from five community libraries, the Xuhui District People's Court said yesterday.

The convict, surnamed Wang, said he wanted to keep books he checked out. He got a library card at Xuhui District Library in March 2011, which let him borrow from the library and five community libraries. Wang said he returned books to the librarians and stole them after they were scanned and set aside. Until September, Wang stole 385 books worth 3,200 yuan (US$513), prosecutors said.

Librarians found many books missing but all were labeled "returned" in the tracking system. Wang was detained after he was identified as the borrower.


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