Thursday, January 3, 2008

How to keep dishonest people with X-Acto knifes honest

More than 30 rare, antique maps stolen from the Boston Public Library by a Martha's Vineyard map dealer were returned to the library in 2007, library president Bernard Margolis said this week, part of the conclusion of an international scandal that rocked the staid world of map collecting.
Not all has been resolved, however. More than 30 other missing maps, losses that have not been linked to confessed map thief E. Forbes Smiley III, have yet to be recovered by the Boston library more than a year after their disappearance was discovered..Smiley, of Chilmark, admitted stealing close to 100 maps from libraries in Boston, New York, Chicago, and London, and from collections at Harvard and Yale universities, between 1998 and 2005. He sold many of the maps to unsuspecting collectors. Caught at Yale in June 2005 after he dropped an X-Acto knife blade on the floor, Smiley was sentenced to three years in prison in September 2006. He helped authorities track down most of the stolen maps so they could be returned to their rightful owners.(read more>>)

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