I volunteer at my local library. People donate books to the library that they no longer want (everything from bestsellers to ancient romance novels.) The staff look at them to see if there is anything that should be added to the collection, then I put stickers* on the rest and put them out in the lobby for people to take and read.
Awhile back, I noticed a guy taking an armload of books. I politely asked him if he was going to read all those books and he said he had some relatives who were shut-ins and he got books for them.
This morning, I stopped by a house that has been advertising a book sale every weekend this summer. Yep, it was the same guy. He had over 1000 books for sale in his garage and I found a couple that were clearly from the Adopt-a-book program (I remembered this odd cookbook series.) He had cut the stickers out of the back cover. I didn’t look for more but I believe that every book he had for sale was from the giveaway program.
I just sent an email to the library director telling her about this and saying that I would be willing to provide a statement to the police saying that I had seen this guy taking the donated books that he later had for sale.
IIRC, there is case law that repeatedly taking free items from a non-profit organization and selling them for profit is a crime. Is that correct?
- “This book provided by the Lewis and Clark Library Adopt-a-Book program” with the library URL and logo.