I called the police today and filed a statement. I said the library wished to have our materials back (he still has 4 other items besides the items he sold) and we wanted to press charges. The police officer corroborated that the person goes by 2 names. He left the library and I felt relieved and justified that we would be getting the items back. All those hours of watching Monk paid off. About an hour later I got a phone call from Mr. Two Names, saying that a police officer was at his house, and would we drop the charges if he gave back all the items. Hm. I let him know that it was the director's decision to make, not mine. I was done playing bad cop.
This of course, draws me to the great dilemma I have. Do we:
Drop the charges, and be glad to have our items back?
Press charges and send a message not to fuck with the library?
My gut says the latter, since he lied to my face and took city property and sold it. If you stole a police car and tried to trade it in for another car, you wouldn't get away with it. Why should library materials be any different?