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Former boss of Naples historic library confesses to multiple book thefts

Investigators now following up on alleged robberies at national libraries in Florence and Rome

Marino Massimo de Caro

Following the arrest of Marino Massimo de Caro, the former director of Naples’s Girolamini library over the theft of 1,000 books from the historic institution (The Art Newspaper, June, p9), it has emerged that the criminal operation was much wider than previously thought.

Just over a year after the alarm was first raised by the Naples-based art historian Tomaso Montanari, De Caro, along with 14 arrested accomplices, has confessed to stealing more books from the Biblioteca dell’Osservatorio Ximeniano and the Biblioteca Scolopica San Giovannino, both in Florence. Investigators are also following up on alleged thefts from the national libraries in Florence, Rome and Naples.

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