Electrician Sentenced for Birmingham University Thefts

An electrician has been given a suspended sentence for stealing approximately £89,000 worth of maps, books and documents from Birmingham University’s library, the Birmingham Post reports. Richard Delaney, 37, was caught after failing to return a van that had been issued by his employer; use of the employer’s fuel card led to his arrest in February. It was while working for that employer that Delaney had access to the Library’s collections. Delaney was, the defence said, suffering from a heroin addiction at the time and was in financial trouble as a result. He pleaded guilty to two charges of theft and one of making a false representation, and was sentenced to 12 months, suspended for 18 months. Via MapHist.

See also this report in the Birmingham Mail from last April (via Tony Campbell’s News About Map Thefts).