Manuscript theft more profitable, less risky than car theft.

Posted on January 19, 2009

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Farhad Hakimzadeh, London’s millionaire book thief reported on in the CPAL bookworm post, has been sentenced to two years in jail.  He caused an estimated $750,000 in damage by surreptitiously cutting pages out of valuable and ancient texts in the British and Bodleian Libraries with a razor blade. That works out to one year of jail time per $375,000 in damage. I’ve heard of stiffer sentences for car thieves. The British Library will in all likelihood be awarded compensatory damages in the related civil proceedings.

Read the full story, Man jailed over book page thefts at the BBC.


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