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Copperas Cove, Texas Arrests People for Overdue Library Books (Video)
Police in Copperas Cove, Texas recently arrested Jory Enck for allegedly failing to return a GED study guide that he checked out of the local library in 2010.
Enck (pictured) was locked in jail last Wednesday after police noticed a warrant for an overdue library book during a routine stop (video below).
According to Copperas Cove law, any person who does not respond to calls or emails about an an overdue library book checked out for more than 90 days will be reported to the local court, which can issue a "library warrant" for an arrest.
“The reason they passed it was that they were spending a tremendous amount of money replacing these materials that people just didn’t return,” Municipal Court Judge Bill Price told KWTX.
However, Copperas Cove residents are opposed to the law that they are forced to live under.
“Universal hatred, nobody wants to get arrested over a library book," added Judge Price. "The other side of that is people that go to our library and can’t have these materials, they’re put out too.”
Surprisingly, library warrant arrests happen often in the tiny town.
"I don't have statistics on it, but it is quite frequently," Sgt. Julie Lehmann, of the Copperas Cove Police Department, told Yahoo News. "Usually when we make contact, it's based on something else, like a traffic stop."
"The officer is going to run their driver's license and it's going to show that they have an active local warrant out of our city," added Sgt. Lehmann. "So it's not as if we're actively out there going after these felony book thieves."
Enck was released on a $200 bond and returned the GED study guide to the library, along with his library card.