BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A library volunteer has been charged with theft after an investigation by the Bangor Public Library.
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The investigation began after a male subject, identified as Russell Graves, attempted to sell a large number of Civil War photographs and World War II memorabilia to Maritime International.
The owner thought the situation was suspicious and refused to buy the items. He told Graves he was required to show photo identification before he would make a purchase.
Knowing that the Bangor Public Library has a collection of similar war memorabilia, the owner of Maritime International contacted Library staff after the man left his store.
Staff at the library checked the archives, and confirmed the library was missing a large amount of items from its collection.
The estimated value of the missing items was approximately $31,000.
The following day, a female subject came into Maritime International with the same stolen items and tried to sell them again. The store contacted the Bangor Police Department and stalled the female until officers arrived.
A Bangor Police Detective interviewed the female and was able to recover all of the stolen items from Graves.
At the time of the theft, Graves had been working in the library as a volunteer. He was arrested and charged with felony theft and violation of conditions of release.