'HBP' thief sentenced

Published January 19, 2006 at 7:58 AM
by Geri
from BBC

Aaron Lambert, a security guard who stole two copies of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince has been sentencedopens in new window to four-and-a-half-years for a firearms offence connected to the theft of the book before it was released.

Judge Richard Bray said at the sentencing:

You realised the books had considerable potential value. It was only through the good services of the press and police that fans of Harry Potter - both young and old were able to read the book without their pleasure being polluted by the premature publication of the plot.

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