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article imageSomeone urinated all over 400 library books in Canadian town

By Marcus Hondro     Dec 12, 2012 in Crime
The Essex Country Library in Leamington, Ont. is finding books soiled with urine. To date 400 books have had to be destroyed, all from remote areas of the library so the perpetrator would not be spotted. They've been, let's be delicate here, pissed on.
Const. Stephanie Moniz with the Essex County OPP, said police and the library are "certainly exploring all avenues to catch this person." She said from the manner in which the soiled books have been found it is apparent they have indeed been urinated on, not doused in urine.
Janet Woodbridge, chief librarian and CEO of the Essex County Libraries, told the Toronto Star that books found urinated on came from shelving areas harder to see from other parts of the library. She could not offer any explanation why someone would do such a thing and said they have found books in such a state on multiple occasions over the past three weeks.
The books urinated on, about $5,000 worth, are being destroyed by the library. "As soon as they’ve been touched with a bio-hazard...we would not circulate them to the public, they’re destroyed,” Woodbridge said. “You can’t recover books.”
Leamington is a town of some 30,000 that is not far from Windsor, Ont. and the U.S. border. To protect the some 35,000 items in the library, library staff have put in measures that will help them ensure it does not happen again, including frequent patrols. Cameras are on the way.
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