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Kennewick Library Theft Arrest Reveals Possible Black-Market DVD Ring

Suspect accused of multiple thefts at Kennewick library
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Kennewick police continue to investigate a theft from the Mid-Columbia Library.

After arresting a Kennewick man at the Mid-Columbia Library branch on South Union last Friday,  police searched his home, and found he was a suspect in other thefts.

30-year-old James M. Durston was taken into custody after allegedly attempting to steal 11 DVD’s from the library.  Durston was also found to be a suspect in a February 13th. incident at the Keewaydin Library Branch on South Dayton, where he allegedly checked out 33 items using a stolen library card.  He later returned to the branch that same day and checked out 67 more items, none of which were returned.

A search warrant was issued Saturday for his home and police found 74 DVD’s and two books with a value of over $1,500.    It appeared Durston was potentially preparing to re-sell the items, but police did not say confirm that report.

He is facing possible multiple felony theft charges on top of 3rd. Degree Theft for the Friday incident.

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