A Hayden Library patron with either a voracious appetite for reading or an insatiable need for information now faces some hefty overdue book fines.
A grand theft charge might also await in the next chapter.
Library director John Hartung reported Wednesday that a patron had checked out 124 books over a three-day period in May, the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Department says.
The individual, whose identity was not released by the sheriff’s department, failed to return the books when they were due in mid-June.
According to the report, the patron did not respond to letters sent by the library.
A library worker attempted Wednesday to contact the individual and was told the person would not come to the phone. A woman, believed to be the library patron’s mother, told the library staffer that they were in the process of being “kicked out of their residence,” and were moving all their belongings into storage.
Hartung told the investigating officer there “was an implication they don’t know where the books are.”
The overdue book fine is 10 cents per book per day. In this case, that’s $12.40 a day, and up to at least $360 at this point.
The total value of the missing library books is $2,587, which could constitute a charge of grand theft.