Timothy Smith Sentenced For Theft Of Rare Books

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A judge didn’t throw the book at Timothy Smith, but he did sentence him to some time in prison.

WCBS 880’s Irene Cornell On The Case

The stolen books – worth $1 million – were rare first editions by Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner, and F. Scott Fitzgerald.

It was Smith, an electronics installer working in the 5th Avenue mansion that belonged to the late Carter Burden, who found them and took them.

Burden was a multi-millionaire Vanderbilt heir, well-known around the city for the parties he threw and as a politician – he was a city councilman in the 1970s. He collected rare books by the thousands.

Smith claimed these books that he found had been left to rot in the basement when he rescued them.

The prosecutor said he just took them off a bookshelf.

He finally admitted he took them without the permission of Burden’s widow.

“That’s stealing,” said the judge, as he sentenced him to one year in jail.


One Comment

  1. lee says:

    The FBI and DEA fabricate evidence, steal from suspects and use murder to close those bad cases.
    Corrupt FBI and DEA use no-knock warrants to enter suspect’s homes while they are away and steal items.
    They mostly steal watches, jewelry and less frequently expensive prescription drugs by returning a second time and swapping them with fakes.
    Some of them where stealing wear item parts off of cars, swapping them with old worn out parts from their personal autos and in some cases leaving the auto in a dangerous state. They can remove a car from your garage aparently whenever they feal like it. For us common citizens this would be called grand theft auto, for corrupt FBI and DEA employees this is allowed .
    They also loosened a gas fitting to my furnace which filled my garage with gas fumes because I continued to complain after their death threats.

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