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article imageMan serves 10 days in Iowa jail for overdue library books

By Kim I. Hartman     Sep 14, 2011 in Crime
Newton - Christopher Alan Anspach, 28, of Newton, Iowa, was sentenced to 10 days in county jail and ordered to pay $770.67 in restitution after a judge found that he refused to return overdue library books.
The Smoking Gun reported Anspach had been contacted by phone and through certified mail on numerous occasions but continued to defy requests to return books and other materials he had checked out from the local library.
Frustrated by his refusal to cooperate with the library's simple request, Newton Public Library officials took the matter to court, contacting the police and the city attorney's office.
In a complaint filed with the Iowa District Court for Jasper County, the Newton Public Library alleged Anspach "unlawfully took possession of property belonging to another, without the right to do so, with the intent to deprive the other thereof."
The Pizza Hut employee was charged with theft in the 3rd degree, an aggravated misdemeanor, and ordered to pay a $625 fine, $770.67 in restitution, and was sentenced to 10 days in the Jasper County Jail.
Anspach isn't the first person to spend time in jail for overdue library materials. In Colorado a teenager was arrested and jailed for an overdue DVD from his local library. He also joins a long list of famous people who didn't return library books, including George Washington, who is reported to have checked out two books from the New York Society Library that he failed to return.
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