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Woman charged with stealing $534 in goods from Park Ridge library

<p>of the 300 block of West Touhy Avenue, Park Ridge, was taken into custody Oct. 3 and charged with theft following a lengthy investigation by Park Ridge police.&nbsp;</p>

A woman from the 300 block of West Touhy Avenue, Park Ridge, was taken into custody Oct. 3 and charged with theft for stealing $534 in goods from Park Ridge library

A second person has been arrested for the theft of materials from the Park Ridge Public Library over the summer.

Rose Morales-Tuttle, 44, of the 300 block of West Touhy Avenue, Park Ridge, was taken into custody Oct. 3 and charged with theft following a lengthy investigation by Park Ridge police. Police say she used a patron’s lost library card to check out 32 items from the library, mostly DVDs and video games, and then failed to return them.

Deputy Police Chief Lou Jogmen said detectives reviewed surveillance camera footage from July 11 — when the materials were checked out — and worked with an area pawn shop to identify Morales-Tuttle as the suspect.

Fifteen of the 32 allegedly stolen items were recovered and have been returned to the Park Ridge Public Library, said John Doyle, the library’s circulation manager. The total value of the stolen items was $534, police said.

Doyle reviewed surveillance video footage from the day the items were stolen and looked for an individual checking out a large number of audio-visual items. He then provided the images to police.

The owner of the library card Morales-Tuttle allegedly used to check out the materials reported that he lost the card at the Des Plaines Public Library, Jogmen said.

Bond for Morales-Tuttle was set at $1,000 and she has a Nov. 5 court date.

Two separate incidents of materials checked out on patron cards without their knowledge and then never returned to the library were reported to police this summer. In the first incident, which occurred June 21, police arrested a 19-year-old Des Plaines man for the theft of $339 worth of video games and DVDs that were allegedly checked out using another lost library card. Police said the owner of the card left it behind inside a business where the 19-year-old worked.

The man has since returned one of the items and paid $310.88 in restitution for the others he is accused of stealing, Doyle said.

“It’s a great feeling to be able to replace the money in the budget for the library. It’s something that doesn’t happen often enough,” he added. “Too often, people get away with something like this.”

The thefts had prompted the library to remind patrons to report lost or stolen cards, just as they would do for a lost or stolen credit card.

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