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Madison library catches suspected ID thief


Madison (WKOW) -- from Madison PD:  On November 17, a Madison Police officer was sent to the downtown public library to investigate a theft.

  Library staff told the officer that 52-year-old Mark Rowe had tried to use someone else's library card to rent some DVDs.

  The officer contacted Rowe, who was still at the library.

  The investigating officer says Rowe was using library cards that were nto his to rent many DVDs.

 He would allegedly sell the library's DVDs at pawnshops or music stores.

  One library card found in Rowe's possession that did not belonging to him had more than $1450 in late fees associated with it.

  Most of those charges were for unreturned DVDs.

  The investigating officer determined there were approximately 50 overdue DVDs for which Rowe may ultimately be responsible.

  The officer also found several social security cards, a couple of library cards, a couple of wallets, a UW student's bus pass, some jewelry, and a six pack of beer in Rowe's bag.

  Two victims, including a Madison Area Technical College student, said they had no idea Rowe had been using library cards with their names on them.

  Rowe was arrested and tentatively charged with Theft and a Probation Hold.

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