Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 16 April 2014

Warrant over missing library books

Hsian Kao borrowed 2,500 US dollars worth of materials from the Randolph Township Public Library

Authorities in the US have issued an arrest warrant for a Taiwanese man accused of failing to return DVDs, videos and music books to a library.

Hsian Kao borrowed 2,500 US dollars (£1,600) worth of materials from the Randolph Township Public Library in northern New Jersey in 2008.

The Daily Record local newspaper reports that the library director contacted police after she spotted Kao in the library on August 4, but he left before she could talk to him.

Police went to his last known address and interviewed his ex-wife, who said Kao had returned to Taiwan on August 6 after visiting their children during a 10-day trip, an arrest affidavit said.

She told police Kao was not expected to return to the United States until August 2011, according to the affidavit.

The library director told authorities she had also contacted Kao's ex-wife in 2008 and suspects Kao checked out the materials knowing he planned to return to Taiwan, the affidavit said.

A judge on September 8 signed a warrant charging Kao with theft by unlawful taking.

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