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Former U of Hawaii Student Steals 200 Rare Books

Posted By on July 1, 2011

An unnamed dropout from the University of Hawaii has been arrested on charges of stealing nearly 200 rare books from the Hamilton Library on the school’s Manoa campus. Police seized 30 boxes of books that had been packaged to be shipped away.

Authorities were alerted when a rare book dealer in California contacted the University when approached by someone wanting to sell him six books stamped with the UH logo, valued at over $3000. School officials estimate the replacement value of the missing books at between $40,000 and $100,000. All but one book have been recovered.

KITV Channel 4 Report


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