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HBP Book Thief Sentenced to Prison Term

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
Posted by: sue
January 19, 2006, 09:10 AM

In June of last year, we reported on the case of two men, who stole early copies of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, and then tried to sell them to the tabloids. These men were later caught and arrested. Today, one of the men involved was sentenced to four - and -a half years in jail for his involvement in the scheme. The BBC reports that" Aaron Lambert, 20, of Kettering, admits threatening a newspaper reporter with an imitation pistol while trying to sell two stolen copies of the novel. "

Sentencing him Judge Richard Bray said: "You realised the books had considerable potential value.

"It was only through the good services of the press and police that fans of Harry Potter - both young and old were able to read the book without their pleasure being polluted by the premature publication of the plot."

Thanks Sarah and Mike!

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