Arrest Warrants Issued For Overdue Books

Myrtle Beach "offenders" face collar over tardy titles

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Library Warrants

JANUARY 24--Police have secured arrest warrants for a dozen South Carolina residents who are suspected of “false pretense/swindle” for failing to return overdue material borrowed from the library in Myrtle Beach.

In a series of incident reports filed last week, the Myrtle Beach Police Department detailed the books and videos that had been checked out and not returned--despite written request from staff at the Chapin Memorial Library. In each report, the library card holder is referred to as “offender."

For example, a 56-year-old man named in one report has not returned seven books (valued at $204), including “Stink and the World's Worst Super-Stinky Sneakers.” A 22-year-old woman still has $219 worth of library items, including a VHS copy of “The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland.” And a 24-year-old man still has “Home Alone 2” in his home.

While warrants are issued for the overdue material, suspects are unlikely to get picked up by cops solely for failing to return a board book like “That’s Not My Dinosaur,” which remains in the possession of a 24-year-old man.

But if offenders do come into contact with police, officers “try to refrain from cuffing people” on overdue book charges, according to Lieutenant Doug Furlong. (12 pages)

Comments (7)

they don't have the death penalty in this state?
What marksmith50 said.
Not on eBay - I have a "want" posted for “Stink and the World's Worst Super-Stinky Sneakers”. hehehe
Wait a minute! What are you saying here? No petty crime should be punished until all the "big criminals" are caught? Okay so you tell me, social expert: what level of crime, in your opinion, is worthy of punishment? Does it start at vandalism? Only theft over 1,000 dollars? Rape but not fondling? I tell you what: in the first example they sited someone who kept 204 bucks worth of stuff. How about I steal $204.00 out of your wallet? I don't want to hear you crying to the police, not when there are bigger criminals all around you! Furthermore, these items are paid for and replaced by taxpayer money. YOUR money. How about you replace these items yourself? Jeeze think before you type.
No, marksmith50, you're right. Let's waste taxpayer money on putting law abiding citizens through the system for ridiculous "offenses" like overdue library books. I'm guessing you don't live in a major urban area. If you did, you'd understand that street gangs, violent robbers and carjackers are far more worthy of the police's attention than somebody who forgot to return a book to the library or someone who enjoys smoking a joint after work.
I need to move to Myrtle Beach, because obviously there is NO crime. When police have time to write warrants for overdue books then there is no crime. I also agree with moonridden that this stuff is long gone on eBay or CraigsList.
What are the odds the stuff ended up on eBay?