Vandals Damaging Books At KU's Library

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) _ Thieves have been stealing or damaging rare books housed at the Watson Library on the University of Kansas campus.

Police say books filled with ancient and expensive artwork have been torn apart or stolen, causing thousands of dollars in losses.

Two of the books date to the early 1800s and contain expensive plates of unique art or archaeological drawings. Those books, valued at $3,700, were damaged or stolen on May 28.

Police say four other books from the early 1800s and 1900s were damaged sometime Sunday or Monday, causing a loss of $1,347.

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