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Man Jailed Over Theft of First Edition Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

Harry Potter and the Philosophers / Sorcerers Stone
Posted by: Rosi
June 06, 2011, 02:15 PM

BBC News today reports the sentencing of Kevin McGirr, a 40-year-old man who pleaded guilty to charges of stealing a rare first edition copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. McGirr took the book--worth approximately £6,000 or about $9,800 US--from the Creative Art Gallery in Woodstock, Oxfordshire back in October. The book was found "wrapped in a plastic bag outside a Boots store in Abingdon on 15 November".

Ordered at Banbury Magistrates' Court to pay both £250 compensation and £400 in legal costs, Kevin McGirr has been jailed for six weeks. Read the full article at this link on the BBC News website.

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How could he?! That’s the worst thing I’ve heard yet.

Posted by MyEvilWand on June 06, 2011, 06:53 PM report to moderator
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wth is wrong with this guy…..? whats the diference between british and us anyways ?!

Posted by AlexWeasley12 {WitchFelicis130} on June 06, 2011, 06:59 PM report to moderator
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Really bad that he robbed it… But honestly, the biggest crime was leaving the first edition unattended outside some random store! Are ya crazy!?!?! .

Posted by Felipe on June 07, 2011, 12:57 AM report to moderator
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331 Points

he should of got longer in jail

Posted by suzyweasley on June 07, 2011, 03:02 AM report to moderator
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184 Points

Poor man! What had he done!

Posted by Mahinique ЯOAR on June 07, 2011, 03:35 AM report to moderator
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“Put it down, Kevin, we mustn’t touch what isn’t ours” Severus Snape

Posted by DavidTheUnready on June 07, 2011, 07:20 AM report to moderator
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Haha! I agree with @bellbell127! He should go to Azkaban!

Posted by #1 Witch ROAR! on June 07, 2011, 09:31 AM report to moderator
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141 Points

Mundungus is after the silver again….. Tsk, tsk, tsk.

Posted by Oh, Neville OoM4, GS on June 07, 2011, 11:34 AM report to moderator
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I am glad that the jerk get caught, and tha the book is returned to the library. He reminds me of Mundungus!

Posted by Fresca ROAR on June 07, 2011, 06:39 PM report to moderator
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187 Points

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Posted by THEWIZARDGAMER-ARLEN on June 07, 2011, 09:48 PM report to moderator
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stealing is very bad i wonder what he was planning to do with it…..

Posted by mencia on June 08, 2011, 05:50 AM report to moderator
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I presume that the short sentence was because (a) he pleaded guilty (eventually) and (b) the book was returned undamaged. And ©, reading between the lines, I wonder if he wasn’t very bright.

Posted by Valeria-Johanna on June 08, 2011, 08:10 AM report to moderator
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poor dude!!! he gets jailed for showing apprecation to hp

Posted by hp12369 on June 08, 2011, 11:46 AM report to moderator
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poor dude!!! he gets jailed for showing apprecation to hp

Posted by hp12369 on June 08, 2011, 11:46 AM report to moderator
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The Harry Potter series shouldn’t be causing crimes! Oh well, you can’t do anything about it! But, what do they mean by first edition . . . ? Like it was the first one to be printed? Or before all the edits and stuff? $10,000! That’s a lot of money! And whoever left it in the front of a boots store must be kicking themselves now! But, how do they know it’s the first edition? Would someone please kindly explain? Like owl it to me on MyLeaky? Thank you if you can contribute to my knowledge! :D

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