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Police arrest Boston man at library after odd spree in Malden

Posted by Alix Roy  May 5, 2010 10:06 AM

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A Boston man was nabbed for stealing library books in Malden last Thursday after causing trouble at three other local businesses, police said.

William Cryer, 27, of 17 Court St., Boston, was arrested on April 29 around 12:03 p.m. after library employees reported suspicious behavior to the Malden Police. According to a police report, employees became “nervous” after watching Cryer use an umbrella to hoist a bag over the detectors stationed at the library's entrance.

While escorting Cryer from the library, officers noticed a library book protruding from his bag. When asked if he checked out the book, Cryer didn't reply, the report states. After a search, two more books were found, which library officials confirmed as stolen. The last few pages of all three books, with titles including American Patriots, AK-47,  and  Troy, had been removed, police said.

Cryer was handcuffed and transported to the police station, where he was charged with larceny of library materials under $250 and disturbing the peace.

Earlier that day, police responded to three calls from local businesses involving Cryer. At approximately 11:15 a.m., officers were dispatched to Exchange Street for reports of a man pointing what looked like a gun at people driving down the street. Police found Cryer brandishing an umbrella at passersby “pretending it was a gun,” the report states.

CVS, Two Paisans' Pizzeria, and Annie's Coffee Shoppe at City Hall also requested that Cryer be escorted from the premises on Tuesday, police said.

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