Brother, sister charged with stealing books

March 02, 1994|By Bill Talbott | Bill Talbott,Sun Staff Writer

Two children who had skipped school were arrested in Westminster yesterday and face charges in juvenile court of stealing 29 children's books.

City police said the children were a 9-year-old girl and her 11-year-old brother.

A clerk in the Locust Bookstore in the first block of E. Main St. told police that she noticed the youngsters in the store about 10 a.m. While she waited on a customer, both children and a number of books disappeared, she said.

Police said they believe that the children quickly got out of sight by going into the public library across Main Street.

City officers reported that they later saw the children walking south on the railroad tracks from Main Street at Railroad Avenue, and stopped them at Chase Street.

Police said the boy had 29 books in his book bag -- 12 books, valued at $50, from the Locust Bookstore and 17 books, valued at about $100, taken illegally from the library.

The children were released in their mother's custody.

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