YALE THEFTS: Kaplan said, adding that she’s puzzled as to how they could have been removed without anyone’s noticing.

In 2006, Forbes Smiley was sentenced to 31/2 years in prison for stealing about 100 maps, valued at more than $1.8 million, from Yale and other libraries.

In 2002, a college student also was sent to prison for stealing about $1.5 million worth of books and one-of-a-kind manuscripts from Yale’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Benjamin W. Johnson, who had worked at the library for a summer, was caught after authorities got a tip that he was selling the pilfered items on eBay, the Internet auction site.


Stupid approach, yes?




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