Skip to main content

Booked: Woman allegedly uses 24 fake library cards to steal items

  • Author:
  • Updated:
    Original:

A St. Paul woman is accused of creating library cards for 24 imaginary children in order to steal thousands of dollars in video games and DVDs from the Ramsey County library system.

22-year-old Nhia Vue has been charged in Ramsey County District Court with one count of theft.

The Star Tribune reports that Vue checked out 50 video games, 41 DVDs and 21 books from different Ramsey County public library branches between May 13 and June 4. The value of those items is just over $4,100.

Vue allegedly had 25 library cards, 24 of them were in the names of different children she had claimed to have.

The Star Tribune report says Vue pawned 46 games and 22 DVDs, some of those items were recovered by police and showed signs of tampering. Police allegedly recovered more than two dozen DVDs that belonged to the county library during a search of her home in June.

"I didn't look at it as stealing," Vue is quoted in the Star Tribune. "I looked at it as borrowing. I thought I could pay them back on my taxes."

Stealing from libraries is nothing new, but with computer systems libraries are more able to be on the lookout for potential thieves.

In Minnesota, anyone who keeps overdue library materials for more than 60 days after being sent written notification to return it is guilty of a petty misdemeanor.

Next Up

flickr - gov tim walz - mn senate dfl

Overturning Roe v. Wade won't do a 'damn thing' to prevent abortions, Walz says

Gov. Tim Walz signed an executive order Saturday meant to protect abortion access in the state and people who come from out of state seeking one.

ambulance

Man crossing Highway 13 in Burnsville fatally struck by driver

The victim is a 31-year-old man from Prior Lake.

Screen Shot 2022-06-26 at 7.50.33 AM

4 shot near Stone Arch Bridge in Minneapolis

The shooting happened around 11 p.m. Saturday.

Screen Shot 2022-06-25 at 7.55.28 PM

Charges: Cop feared for his life during struggle for gun with suspect

Allen Denzel Oliver-Hall has been charged with second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon.

Burnsville, Minnesota - May 2019 (2)

Shootout near Erik's Bike Shop, Lunds & Byerlys in Burnsville

Police say youths were shooting at each other on Saturday afternoon.

minnesota river

Fishermen find body floating in Minnesota River in Shakopee

The body was found upstream from Minnesota River Heritage Park.

Screen Shot 2022-06-25 at 11.01.17 AM

Woman breaks free after being kidnapped and taken to Brooklyn Park

The woman was taken by force as she arrived at her work in Plymouth.

image

How the fastest animal on the planet returned to MN after local extinction

The fastest animal on Earth had once vanished from Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Related

Thief allegedly sold library books from four counties to used bookstore

Authorities are still tabulating how many books may have sold by a woman who allegedly used aliases to obtain more library cards. Officials say many of the items were medical books. The bookstore is cooperating with the investigation.