Sunday, August 5, 2007
Is Thomas Pilaar a Piller of Literature Appreciation or Just a Common Thief of Books?
Thomas Pilaar, 33 years old, is accused of selling hundreds of books, tapes and DVDs that he apparently borrowed from Denver-area libraries. He apparently used different names to obtain seven library cards. KCNC-TV in Denver reported the story. Denver Public Library spokeswoman M. Celeste Jackson was interviewed by the T.V. station. She estimated the losses at about $35,000. James Larue, Douglas County's head librarian, believes Pilaar checked out more than 300 items and had $11,000 worth of overdue items. Pilaar was arrested on an unrelated parole violation. He is being held without bond. While Pilaar declined to comment, it is suspected that he will put in as trustee status in the prison liabrary, should he be convicted.