12 Accused of Checking Out Library Books to Sell Them

Wednesday, Nov 11, 2009  |  Updated 1:43 PM EDT
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Twelve people have been charged in connection with borrowing and allegedly selling library books worth more than $140,000. Authorities say more than a dozen Maryland County library branches fell victim.
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HYATTSVILLE, Md. -- Twelve people have been charged with checking out $87,000 worth of books from the Prince George's County public library to sell them for quick cash.

Prince George's County prosecutors announced the indictment Tuesday. Some of the suspects also have been charged with stealing from other Maryland libraries.

The thefts at 12 branches of the Prince George's County Memorial Library System occurred between November 2008 and August 2009. Officials said the thieves targeted high-priced textbooks.

Each person withdrew close to the limit of 75 books from the library, officials said. They are charged with theft over $500 and face a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison.

The following Maryland residents were indicted: Heather Renee Harris, 30; Christina Louise Sexton, 32; Ashley Michelle Hassan, 20; Kimberly Lee Whetzel, 24; Aleta Lauretta Grandy, 24; Evelyn Arlene Whye, 51; Ashley Nicole Fida, 24; Erica Nicole Salley, 29; Kenneth Kyle Jackson Jr., 25; Steven Harrison Noll, 26; Robert T. Nash, 28; and Brittany Jo Lester, 20.

The Prince George's library system spends about $4 million on materials annually.

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