Forbes Smiley Case: Hartford Courant Editorial

The Hartford Courant, which has done most of the front-line reporting on the Forbes Smiley map theft case (see many previous posts in the Map Thefts category), fulminates against the man in an editorial this morning: “To cultural guardians, this is no less serious an affront than desecration of a church. … When it comes to crimes against property, this is about as low as one can go. Monetary value is beside the point. It’s one thing to steal mere objects out of greed, but quite another to pilfer irreplaceable treasures, hugely important to the study of history, that belong not to one victim, but to civilization.”