On May 2nd, 2016, Brookline Police spoke with an employee of Brookline Public Library. The Library staff took note of a male subject who was misrepresenting himself and his children to open additional library accounts, had been checking out the max amount of materials, and not returning them. It was determined that there were ten cards associated with the subject.
Detectives were able to determine the identity of the suspect and get a search warrant for information related to the library cards. It was determined also that the suspect had been using accounts of two children he claimed to be the guardian of to check out a large number of items.
Given the number and value of the items and the fact that most were significantly overdue, officers determined that he was planning to permanently deprive the Library of its property, and an arrest warrant was issued.
On June 7, 2016, Brookline Police, along with Boston Police, tracked down and arrested the suspect. During the arrest they located over 50 DVDs and video games and a number of empty cases belonging to several area libraries, including Brookline, Cambridge, and Boston. The items taken from Brookline Library have an estimated value of $4,124.50. He is being charged with 6 counts of Larceny Over $250 by False Pretenses and 2 counts of Identity Fraud.