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Boy Who Took 12th-Century Bible Placed on Probation

March 6, 1986

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) _ A 16-year-old boy who stole a 12th-century Bible worth $500,000 from the Tacoma Public Library has been placed on probation for a year and ordered to pay $300 to repair one of three other books he took.

Pierce County Superior Court Judge Thomas R. Sauriol, sitting in Juvenile Court on Wednesday, also ordered the Tacoma teen-ager to undergo psychiatric evaluation with treatment if necessary.

The Bible was recovered undamaged, but authorities said three map plates had been ripped from another book, a copy of Capt. George Vancouver’s Voyages.

The books were taken Feb. 4 from the library’s rare book room.

Patrick Mawhinney, 18, saw the youth leaving the library when an alarm went off, chased him and managed to bring him back, said library spokesman Ken Harvey.

Recovering the books ″was really kind of miraculous,″ Harvey said. ″The young man (Mawhinney) is a hero.″

A specialist will be hired to replace the torn book pages, said Deputy Prosecutor Patricia Trowbridge.

Sauriol released the youth from Remann Hall detention center, where he had been held since his arrest.

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