Couple Arraigned on Larceny Charges for Late Library Books
Two overdue library books have landed a married couple in Tecumseh, Michigan, afoul of the law. Not only have the husband and wife been fined more than $200, but they were arraigned in court Thursday, each charged with larceny of rental equipment. “We were appalled, totally appalled,” Catherine Duren, 44, told ABC News today. “We didn’t commit a crime.”
In the summer of 2014, Duren’s son checked out a Dr. Seuss book for Duren’s granddaughter from the Tecumseh District Library. But the book was misplaced and the library was sending notices to her son’s email, who was a minor at the time and never told his parents about the notices, Catherine Duren said.
Catherine Duren said she wasn’t notified directly until October 2014, when she said she received notice from the library that the late charges were now going on her credit report, but she didn’t understand that the book itself had not been returned.
Both Catherine and her husband, Melvin, 63, have health problems that put them on disability, she said, so they only receive a small amount of money through Social Security checks. Most of that money goes towards their medications, Duren said.
“We had no intent of not paying the fees,” she said, noting that she and her husband intended to pay the library fees eventually.
However, in May 2015, she and her husband received another letter saying the book would have to be replaced, so she went to the library in person to clarify the matter.
Boy. would I be in trouble!