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$2,000 in rare books taken from Vermont store

A woman is accused of stealing $2,000 worth of rare books about alchemy from a Vermont antique shop. Patricia Crosby pleaded not guilty Monday to retail theft. The Bennington Banner reported that Crosby, 52, was released on the condition she not visit the Owl’s Nest Upholstery and Antique Store in Bennington, Vt., which a police affidavit said she visited regularly. The books fell out of a case and when the store owner went to put them back, Crosby said she would take care of it. When the owner checked on the books later, she noticed some missing. When she asked Crosby about it, Crosby denied taking the books but later gave them to police. (AP)