Rare-book thief charged with burglary
KEOKUK, Iowa -- It was confusing when police nabbed two men in a vacant house in this Mississippi River town with possibly stolen antique doorknobs.
It all came together when they began checking the men's identities.
One of the men was Stephen Carrie Blumberg, 54, of St. Paul, one of the most notorious rare-book thieves in the country. Blumberg served 41⁄2; years in prison for stealing thousands of rare books and antiques from libraries across the United States and Canada. He was released from prison in 1995.
Blumberg and the other man found inside the Keokuk house, Steven Troy Worden, 27, of Hillsboro, were charged with third-degree burglary. They were being held Friday in the Lee County Correctional Center under $20,000 cash only bond apiece.