Statement Regarding Oliver Room Theft

Updated January 13, 2020

 

This morning in a scheduled court appearance, Mr. Greg Priore and Mr. John Schulman admitted guilt and accepted full responsibility for the devastating theft of valuable books and other materials from Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s Oliver Room. The shock, the anger and the hurt we feel that individuals who were close to us, who were trusted by us, who were considered friends and colleagues to many of us at the Library, would abuse the faith we had in them for personal gain will be with us for a very long time.

This was a very serious crime committed over a long period of time by educated and well-known members of the community. We are hopeful that the sentences given to these two individuals will adequately reflect the significant damage done not only to Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, but to the literary community near and far. We are thankful to the District Attorney’s Office and the investigators for the handling of this matter and for their tireless work to attempt to recover the stolen items.

 

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