February 21, 2018

Major Library Theft in Denmark May Be Solved

By LJ Staff

Some 25 years after the crime, investigators have found 1,600 antique books, maps and documents stolen from Denmark’s Royal Library and arrested four suspects. According to the Associated Press, the multimillion-dollar thefts began in the late 1960s and ended in 1977-1978. Said Erland Kolding Nielsen, director general of the library, “”It is without any doubt one of the largest thefts of cultural artifacts in Denmark, ever.” The thefts included 3,200 rare books and documents — including first editions by Immanuel Kant, Thomas More, John Milton and several hundred prints by Martin Luther. About half of the items were found by police, but they gave no details on whether they had been sold or not.