Sunday, May 25, 2008

Suspected Book Thief On the Lam

The BBC reports that William Simon Jacques, 39, suspected of stealing books from the Royal Horticultural Society's building in Vincent Square, London, has gone missing after being released on bail.

"The items taken include 13 volumes of a rare collection on the camellia flower, valued at about £50,000, plus several other highly-prized 19th century books."

Jacques was arrested on 2 April after an investigation revealed he had been signing into the library with a false library card giving his name as "Mr. Santoro."

Photograph here.