The man who used to deliver newspapers in Durham County, North Carolina, is no longer in the public eye after a police investigation into his alleged theft of thousands of dollars worth of books.
Police said the 43-year-old man was stopped in a parking lot near the Durham Public Library after they spotted him stealing items.
The man allegedly told police he had been at the library and had forgotten to take his keys and the library’s parking pass.
Police arrested the man at his home.
He was charged with theft of property worth more than $500.
He also faces a burglary charge.
Durham County Public Library spokesman Tim Smith told ABC News the man’s actions are “disturbing” and are not reflective of the library community.
“The Durham Public library does not tolerate the theft of library materials,” Smith said.
“Anytime we have a case like this, we immediately act on it.
We have zero tolerance for it.”
A spokesman for the state library system in Durham said the library has zero tolerance and will investigate.
“While this investigation is ongoing, we have zero-tolerance for the theft or destruction of library items, and we are currently working to determine exactly what happened,” spokesman Josh Stover said in a statement.
“The library has no tolerance for this type of behavior.
This behavior is not acceptable and it will not be tolerated.”
The Durham Police Department declined to release any further details about the case.
The man was released from jail on $50,000 bail, according to a news release from the Durham Police.