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Defense seeks more detail in library rare books theft case

February 2, 2019

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Defense attorneys for a former librarian and a bookseller are asking for more details on the charges against their clients of stealing and trafficking rare books from the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.

Authorities allege that 62-year-old Gregory Priore, a librarian overseeing the rare books room, stole prints, maps and rare books and handed them off to 55-year-old Caliban Book Shop co-owner John Schulman to resell them.

Prosecutors allege that several hundred rare items worth more than $8 million were taken in a scheme they believe dates back to the 1990s.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that defense attorneys said Friday they want prosecutors to detail on what dates each of the 321 items was stolen. They say that will allow them to consider statute of limitations and alibi defenses.

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Information from: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, http://www.post-gazette.com

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