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Thieves steal laptop, cash from local library

Library among places broken into in town.

Library among places broken into in town.

— Burglars will receive no amnesty day after breaking into the Peru Free Library.

The burglary took place sometime between the hours of 7 p.m. Nov. 9 and 10 a.m. Nov. 10 while the library was closed, according to state police Investigator Brian Sypek.

Library director Becky Pace said when she walked into the library Nov. 10, nothing was disturbed or dishevelled and no door or window broken open, but she noticed a few things were missing, including an older laptop, a money box containing about $10 from late fee collections and a collection box for the Elmore ASPCA.

“They entered through a window, and we don’t know if they came into the library when it was open and unlocked the window or if it was left open by one of us,” Pace said.

Pace said the intruders took something more valuable than a few bucks and a computer — the secure feeling the library has always given her.

“I’m really very unhappy,” she said. “A library is supposed to be a safe space, and this doesn’t make us feel safe.”

Pace said the laptop, an older and bulkier model to which she could not recall the brand, would be of little use to the burglars unless they speak Russian. The computer had primarily been used by a Russian exchange student. After the student left the area, library staff members were unable to figure out how to switch the language settings to English.

“I expect it was probably a surprise for whoever took the laptop,” Pace said.

The break-in at the library is just one of eight that have occurred in the area over the past few weeks, according to Sypek.

“There have been a few break-ins in the town of Peru and the hamlet,” Sypek said. “Some of them have been residences, and, in this case, a library.”

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