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Man, 84, Charged in Library Thefts

January 14, 2002

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) _ If you’ve been looking for the ``Liberace Live″ video at the library, investigators say 84-year-old Ernest Aloise Heyneman had it. He also had the ``Rocky Marciano Story″ and ``Milton Berle’s Low Impact Fitness For People Over 50.″

Authorities say he swiped $26,000 worth of books and tapes from Ventura County libraries. Sheriff’s deputies found more than 3,100 library items at Heyneman’s home in Simi Valley last month, prosecutors said.

Investigators said Heyneman would legitimately check out books and tapes from libraries in Simi Valley and Thousand Oaks, take them home and remove their security strips.

He would return the items to the library and wait for them to be returned to shelves, then walk out with them undetected by security alarms that would have been set off by the security strips, authorities said.

Authorities gave no indication of a motive.

A woman who answered Heyneman’s phone on Monday said he was not available to comment. She would not give her name.

Heyneman was not arrested but was notified of charges of felony counts of burglary and possessing stolen property and was ordered to appear in court on Jan. 22.

Prosecutor John Vanarelli said he would not seek a jail sentence.

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