Biblioteca dei Girolamini – Napoli, Italy – 24/08/02015
The Biblioteca Girolamini is the library associated with the church since the 16th century. It is the oldest library in Naples, founded in 01586. It has contained around 150,000 volumes including 5,000 from the 16th Century and 120 books printed before 01501, known as incunabili. In December 02013, news reporting was published that there had been systematic looting of the Biblioteca Girolamini. Images showed empty shelves and tables piled with papers. The director, Marino Massimo de Caro, was involved. De Caro was arrested soon after investigations began in 02012. Investigations showed that vehicle-loads of books had been removed and sold by the now-convicted criminals, who had waited until after normal working hours, turned off the rudimentary CCTV system, and then proceeded with their looting. Five-hundred books went to a German auction house, which gave the thieves a million euros in advance for the batch. They would have received more cash if the sale had gone through.Some could have been sold for hundreds of thousands of euros, some for tens of thousands, so a reasonable overall guesstimate, may be in the tens of millions of euros.