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Posted on Mon, Feb 18, 2013 : 12:05 p.m.

Coin box taken during break-in at Malletts Creek library branch

By Kyle Feldscher

An unknown intruder smashed a glass door and broke into the Malletts Creek branch of the Ann Arbor District Library Saturday morning, according to police.


Someone stole a coin box from the Ann Arbor District Library's Mallet's Creek branch during a break-in Saturday.

Courtesy of Dwight Burdette

Ann Arbor police Lt. Renee Bush said police responded at 3:25 a.m. Saturday to the library, 3090 Eisenhower Parkway. The library’s security company was notified by an alarm going off after the door was smashed and the company then notified police, Bush said.

Bush said the glass door was completely smashed out. A piece of plywood now covers the door.

Ken Nieman, an associate director at the Ann Arbor District Library, said a coin collection box on a copy machine is the only item reported stolen at this point. He said there have been previous break-ins at the library.

He said all library branches have alarms and security cameras and more security measures are not being considered in the immediate wake of the break-in.

“We have everything in place, we have cameras and alarms and everything like that at all the buildings,” he said. “We feel the security we have is sufficient."

Bush said it’s unknown if there was damage done to any other parts of the building other than the glass door.

There was no suspect description available from police Monday morning. However, Nieman said library officials are working with police to possibly identify who might have broken into the building with security camera footage.

Nieman did not have an estimate available on how much it would cost to replace the glass door. He said the door had a wooden frame but was mostly glass.

“We’re getting in touch with the glass company today to measure it out,” he said.

Anyone with information on the incident is encouraged to call the Ann Arbor police anonymous tip line at 734-794-6939 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAK UP (773-2587).

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Tue, Feb 19, 2013 : 5:27 p.m.

Who breaks into a library, but doesn't steal anything other than loose change? could maybe understand it if they stole some CDs or movies...but just to break in?

Peter Eckstein

Tue, Feb 19, 2013 : 3:44 p.m.

I suspect that the damage done by the break-in was far more costly than the amount of money stolen. Could there have been more than $20 in the till? Better the library should empty out the till every night and post a sign saying that there is no cash in the building.


Tue, Feb 19, 2013 : 2:37 a.m.

Release the photo/video.

Ann English

Tue, Feb 19, 2013 : 12:13 a.m.

I'm glad I used the Pittsfield branch to return library material that day. A trip to Malletts Creek would have been futile. Both branches have dropoff drivethroughs, which the other branches don't have. But it is good to know that whichever branch I visit, there are security cameras in use.

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Mon, Feb 18, 2013 : 10:04 p.m.

These thieves need to be taught to check materials out properly...if they get caught for doing this crime, the fines levied by the court will be very heavy.


Mon, Feb 18, 2013 : 9:19 p.m.

Sam - "I've come into a lot of money Mary, let's hit the town". Hours later... Waitress - "Sir, you can't pay for your $180 dinner with nickels"...

David Cahill

Mon, Feb 18, 2013 : 7:49 p.m.

The name of the creek (and the library) is Malletts - two ells, two tees, and no apostrophe. Just for future reference.

Kyle Feldscher

Mon, Feb 18, 2013 : 7:53 p.m.

That's fixed, thanks David.


Mon, Feb 18, 2013 : 7:02 p.m.

Do these Thugs think there will be alot of money in a Library for goodness sake ?


Mon, Feb 18, 2013 : 6:50 p.m.

You cross the line when you start messing with my library branch!