$55,000 in rare books stolen from Russell Books recovered

$55,000 in rare books stolen from Russell Books recovered
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Russell Books reported over $55,000 in books had been stolen on Feb. 9, then less than 24 hours later they had been recovered.

Less than 24 hours after Russell Books put out on social media that over $55,000 in rare books had been stolen, they had been recovered.

Just before 3 p.m. on Feb. 9, Russell Books took to Facebook to share that their store had been broken into overnight and antiquarian books had been stolen.

Within a day, the bookstore returned to social media with some good news to share.

“After what must have been a frightening day our beautiful books have been recovered!” the post says. “A big thank you to our downtown community and especially VicPD for getting our property back in less than 24 hours!”

In a pun-laden update, Del Manak, Victoria’s police chief, shared the good news on Twitter saying officers had identified a suspect.

“Later, they located the suspect and he was in possession of some books,” Manak said on Twitter. “Officers did more digging and located most, if not all, of the stolen books. Suspect “booked”, final chapter written by #VicPD!”

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