Library security had banned him and confiscated three library cards he had been issued, and he was also banned from the Strand bookstore in Union Square, they said.Lest you think he’s just an avid reader, his plan was to sell the library books to make money for his drug habit.
Hansen was already charged with trying to sneak out of the public library with 11 unchecked books.
In September 2009, he was busted in Union Square Park for cutting labels off stolen library books. Two months later, he was nabbed for shoplifting from a Barnes & Noble.
Last July, he was arrested inside Tompkins Square library while attempting to remove library books, the sources said.
Kinda makes you long for the 1950s and ‘60s when libraries were revered, doesn’t it?