Books, Thieves, Churches and Stupidity

Yes, they’re all connected in this breaking news story from the Asheville Citizen-Times.

Haywood County Sheriff’s chief detectives continue investigating a series of burglaries Tuesday night (August 19) near the intersection of N.C. 209 and Old Clyde Road in Waynesville, NC. They believe the five break-ins are connected. Thieves targeted three churches and two businesses.

Items stolen from churches included computers, sound equipment, and even a wheelchair to help the thieves transport bulkier items. In one of the churches, Long’s Chapel United Methodist Church, the thieves found a book in a safe. They carried the book out along with other items, but later tossed it into a nearby creek. After all, it was just a book. Right?

What they didn’t know was that the book was a first edition, signed copy of Gone With The Wind.

Gone With The Wind

Rare book specialist Chan Gordon, owner of the Captain’s Bookshelf in Asheville, said the book was probably worth between $2,000 to $15,000 — depending on its condition — before it was tossed into the water.

The Sheriff’s Office has two teenagers in custody in connection with the burglaries, and expects more arrests to follow. Deputies on Thursday also charged the teens with breaking into Lake Junaluska Golf Course earlier this month, Bryson said.

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