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Though the following story may seem way overboard for us, an interesting note is the reality that the woman has indeed broken the law. She stole.
How easy it is to justify sin that doesn’t seem “that bad”… when in reality, sin is sin.

Jan 24, 2009 03:41 PM US/Eastern
INDEPENDENCE, Iowa (AP) – An Iowa woman has been arrested because she failed to return a library book.

Thirty-nine-year-old Shelly Koontz was arrested Thursday night on a fifth-degree theft charge. She is accused of keeping “The Freedom Writers Diary,” which she checked out from the public library in nearby Jesup in April.

Police say the book—which is about a high school teacher’s effort to inspire students to write—is valued at $13.95.

Court records show library employees tried repeatedly to contact Koontz by phone and mail. A police officer even visited her home last September.

Officials at the Buchanan County jail say Koontz was released after posting $250 bond. No telephone listing for Koontz could be found in the Independence area.

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