A book thief dubbed the ‘Tome Raider’ who stole works worth £40,000 from a library was jailed for three-and-a-half years yesterday.
Cambridge University graduate William Jacques, previously jailed for stealing £1m of rare books in the 1990s, drew up a “shopping list” of books he wanted.
He used a false name to sign in to the Royal Horticultural Society's Lindley Library in London before stuffing the works under his tweed jacket, a London court was told.
Staff started to become suspicious after noticing he would always wear the same clothes during visits.
Gino Connor, prosecuting, said that Jacques always signed in when visiting the library, when he had both arms free, but never signed out.