500 Priceless Books Stolen From Library Found Safe

Hana LaRock
The works include writings by Copernicus and Galileo, and the thief is a shock.

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Three years ago, more 500 books – and most likely many more – were stolen from the Girolamini Library and other libraries in Italy. Now, they have been returned to their "rightful owners" – the libraries from which they came.

The books, which were worth more than 2.5 million euro, contained works of classic authors, including Copernicus and Galileo. They books were finally seized in an auction in Munich, Germany, and well, somebody is in a lot of trouble.

Marino Massimo de Caro was convicted of stealing the extremely, rare important load of books. He was, ironically, was the Girolamini library's director, charged with keeping the books safe from criminals. But authorities say he turned the job into criminal activities instead.

De Caro reportedly worked with four other accomplices from other countries who helped him steal the the books. When 1,500 books were found missing from the library, de Caro was sentenced to a whopping seven years in prison.

Although many of the books have been found, German prosecutors are sure that there are many more out there that need to be returned, so keep your eyes peeled.