Map Thief Apprehended in Spain

News of another case of map theft from Spain: an unnamed 47-year-old Hungarian national has been detained in the midst of what appears to be a robbery tour of map collections in Spain, Portugal, France and Italy. Nearly 70 stolen maps and documents were recovered from his hotel room. The man apparently wanted them for his own personal collection, rather than selling them. He was apparently inspired by the notorious 2007 theft of 19 maps from Spain’s national library, but you’d think that the riskiest places to hit would be the ones already robbed. Via MapHist.

For the 2007 case, see the following previous entries (most recent first): Updates on the Rivero Case; Australia Returns Stolen Map to Spain; Of 19 Stolen Maps, 11 Have Been Recovered; Map Thief Surrenders; Some Maps Stolen from Spanish Library Recovered; Map Theft Updates; Spanish Map Theft Update; Maps Stolen from Spain’s National Library.