Unreturned library book leads to woman’s arrest
INDEPENDENCE, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa woman has been arrested because she failed to return a library book. Thirty-nine-year-old Shelly Koontz was arrested Thursday night on a fifth-degree theft charge. She is accused of keeping “The Freedom Writers Diary,” which she checked out from the public library in nearby Jesup in April.
Police say the book — which is about a high school teacher’s effort to inspire students to write — is valued at $13.95.
Court records show library employees tried repeatedly to contact Koontz by phone and mail. A police officer even visited her home last September.
Officials at the Buchanan County jail say Koontz was released after posting $250 bond. No telephone listing for Koontz could be found in the Independence area.
See…the thing is children…we have insiders stealing books from universities and archives who never spend day one behind bars; a little restitution and they are on their way. And here we have cops on the public payroll visiting people at home to reclaim a $14 book. Am i the ONLY one who sees a problem here? Who knew there was such a thing as FIFTH degree theft? Is there just NOT enough crime in Independence Iowa? maybe they don’t get day time tv there, because seriously even I couldn’t care less about this. Send the lady a bill for $14 bucks and MOVE THE HELL ON, it’s JUST A FREAKIN BOOK, there are hundreds of used copies on the net. Sheesh.