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Pair admits to library thefts, Wadsworth police says

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    The Wadsworth Library.

    ASHLEY FOX / GAZETTE FILE

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WADSWORTH — Two suspects in the theft of 138 items from Wadsworth Public Library in April have confessed, police said Tuesday.

“Our detectives had identified them as being possibly involved,” Wadsworth police Lt. Dave Dorland said Tuesday. “They were questioned once and denied having knowledge of the theft, so one of the detectives just continued with the investigation and gathered some additional evidence that indicated that they were involved.”

The suspects’ names are not being released pending formal charges, police said. Dorland said it was following a second interview on July 11 that both suspects, Copley Township residents, confessed and turned over the stolen property to police.

While the items valued at $5,130.68 were reported stolen from Wadsworth Public Library, 132 Broad St., on June 6, police have determined thefts also occurred at Medina Library, Barberton Public Library and locations in the Stark County District Library system, Dorland said.

“We are expanding the investigation to see how many other victims there are out there,” the lieutenant said.

Items recovered included about 100 DVDs and video games. It is estimated that at least 100 additional books, DVDs and video games were sold to stores. He said it is still possible that some of the items stolen from Wadsworth Public Library will be recovered.

“If we can determine which items belong to the Wadsworth library and we can match it up with what they have reported as missing, then yes we will ultimately return (the items) to them.”

Dorland said police believe the two Copley Township residents are the only suspects at this time.

The investigation will be forwarded to the Medina County prosecutor, who will present the case to a grand jury.

Following the theft in Wadsworth, the library changed its policy on the number of items patrons could check out.

Patrons can have “any combination of materials on their cards, excluding video games, not to exceed 50 total items,” according to a library statement.

Video games are limited to two games per account.

“We did an analysis and learned that if you just look at that number 50, 95 percent of all circulation is borrowing less than 50 items,” library Director Daniel Slife previously said.

Contact reporter Nathan Havenner at (330) 721-4050 or nhavenner@medina-gazette.com.


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