The librarians in Independence, Iowa don’t take kindly to people holding on to their books. Shelly Koontz, 39, probably feels like she has become a character out of Fyodor Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment after police arrested her for failing to return a book that she checked out in April. The book value is $13.95.
The fifth-degree theft charge is based on Koontz keeping “The Freedom Writers Diary,” a story about a high school teacher’s effort to inspire students to write. Koontz was released on $250 bond.
Whatever happened to canceling the library card?
She is not unique. Heidi Dalibor was booked on the same book charge and gave a very nice mugshot. She was guilty of hoarding “Angels and Demons” and the “White Oleander.”
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