Fair Oaks Man Had Thousands of Stolen Library Books and DVDs, Investigators Say

FAIR OAKS -- Investigators in Sacramento County say a Fair Oaks man had thousands of books and DVDs in his home that were stolen from his local library.

"There were items piled floor to ceiling in many rooms," said Sacramento Library Director Rivkah Sass.

Sass said the books and DVDs were stolen from the Fair Oaks Public Library.

"And they noticed some items kept showing up missing," she told FOX40.

Sass said over the past year library staff had noticed some of their inventory was disappearing.

"They began actually looking at patterns of usage and discovered that a lot of items were missing on a certain day of the week," Sass recalled.

When staff members spotted a man appearing to steal books back on Dec. 18 they called Sacramento County deputies.

Investigators went to the Fair Oaks home of 46-year old Shahin Sadighian with a search warrant. There they discovered close to 3,000 stolen library books and up to 4,000 DVDs all totaling more than $100,000.

"It had some very odd characteristics," said Sacramento County Sheriff's Sgt. Shaun Hampton. "The books were ... they weren't mutilated, for the most part, and all of them still had their identifying markings on them."

Shahin Sadighian (Courtesy: Sacramento County Sheriff's Department)

Sass said nearly half of the recovered items were taken within the last year.

"It’s a real cost because those items cost money that we use to purchase items that people share," Sass said.

On Thursday, she was grateful deputies along with her staff helped locate the stolen inventory.

"It’s not like the old 'Seinfeld' show where the library police come, this is a big deal," Sass said.

Sadighian has been released on bail but still faces grand theft and felony shoplifting charges.

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