Christopher Anspach Jail 10 Days

January 5, 2012 by staff 

Christopher Anspach Jail 10 Days, A five-year-old girl from Charlton, Mass. burst into tears after a local library sent Police Sergeant Dan Dowd to her house to retrieve the child’s two overdue library books, CBS Boston reported.

“I thought it was way overboard,” the girl’s mother, Shannon Benoit, said. “I closed my door, I looked at my daughter and she started crying.” According to the report, Shannon’s daughter thought Dowd was going to arrest her.

Sergeant Dowd told the station that, although long-overdue books are a misdemeanor, he didn’t want to go to the girl’s house.

“Nobody wanted to, on this end to get involved in it,” Sgt. Dowd told CBS Boston. “But the library contacted us, and the chief delegated, and apparently I was one of the low men on the totem pole.”

The Benoit’s books had been overdue for “several months,” but were quickly found and returned at the police officer’s request.

It turns out the little girl’s fears of being arrested weren’t completely unfounded.

Back in September, Christopher Anspach was sentenced to 10 days in jail for failing to return his overdue library books after several months and multiple overdue notices.

“After several attempts had been made to contact Anspach by phone and certified mail with no luck, Newton Library contacted the Newton City Attorney and Newton Police Dept,” a complaint obtained by The Smoking Gun stated.

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3 Responses to “Christopher Anspach Jail 10 Days”

  1. Tom Wilcox on January 6th, 2012 1:09 pm

    Libraries like mine are operating under extremely severe budget restrictions. They are unable to shrug off losses of materials they cannot afford to replace. Too many of the public see not returning materials as a viable ownership option. That makes everyone suffer. My library was forced to ask for $15.00 deposit for test preparation books for the GED and others because we can no longer afford to keep replacing them when they fail to return. Public libraries don’t want to use extreme measures to have materials returned, but, are increasingly being forced to take a hard line on this.

  2. Susan on January 6th, 2012 2:59 pm

    This is crazy. I once returned a book to the library and then I started getting notices from the library that it was over due. They sent me notice after notice. The fines doubled it then went to collections. This book was returned and I had no way of proving it. 16 months later and and a faulty credit report I got a notice from the library the book had been found. It had fallen under the book return bin because the return bin had gotten over full I guess. Even though I had suggested they look there eventually it took 16 months for them to pull it out for what ever the reason before it was found. Yes they pulled the negative report from my credit but what if this had happened to me. I had no way of proving I had returned that book. Needless to say I take my books into the library now and watch them check them in.

  3. Becky on January 7th, 2012 2:46 pm

    Too many people think library books are some kind of joke. They are just as valuable as the books for sale in the stores and I’m fine with libraries doing whatever they have to do to get the taxpayer’s property back. I pay my taxes for the library and I don’t want some selfish jerk STEALING what I paid for. The kid’s books were overdue for “several months” and I’m sure the library had sent an overdue notice. After “several months” I think the library was right to consider those items as stolen. Maybe now the family and the community will realize that library books are not something you can steal without the same consequences as any other theft.