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Followup: HBP Book Thief Back in Court

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
Posted by: sue
December 20, 2005, 06:19 PM

Earlier this summer we told you about the fiasco that took place in England where two men stole early copies of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince from a printing facility and then tried to sell them to the tabloid newspaper The Sun. While there was gunplay involved in this caper, no one was injured and these men were caught and the books returned. Today one of the accused appeared in court, and admitted to not only trying to sell the stolen goods, but more incredibly, also to later trying to blackmail HBP publisher Bloomsbury. From the BBC:

"But in court on Tuesday he admitted all the charges, and two counts of trying to blackmail Potter publisher Bloomsbury. He previously admitted possessing an imitation firearm. On 2 June, Lambert stole two copies of Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince from a distribution centre near Corby where he worked.

He was arrested the following day after two deals with national newspaper reporters went wrong.

While on bail for that, Lambert admits phoning Bloomsbury to extort money from the company.

In court, Judge Richard Bray said: "He (Lambert) is going to prison for a very long time."

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