One For the Books: Man Arrested for Overdue GED Guide

Inmate in the Nebraska State Penitentiary studying for his GED, General Equivalence Diploma.
By Jill Heller

This is one for the books: a Texas man who checked a book out of his local library in 2010 and failed to return it was arrested and jailed.

According to KWTX-TV, 19-year-old Jory Enck of Copperas Cove, Texas, was put behind bars Wednesday over an unreturned a GED study guide. His booking is a result of a local ordinance the city put in place nearly four years ago that allows police to arrest patrons for not returning overdue library materials after at least 90 days and failing to promptly respond to phone calls or emails from the library.

"The reason they passed it was that they were spending a tremendous amount of money replacing these materials that people just didn't return," Copperas Cove Municipal court Judge Bill Price said. Price said that the ordinance has faced more than a little resistance, saying local reaction has been one of, "Universal hatred, nobody wants to get arrested over a library book."

"The other side of that is people that go to our library and can't have these materials, they're put out, too," he added.

Sergeant Julie Lehmann of the Copperas Cove Police Department confirmed that if police come across a patron during a routine stop who has been issued with a library warrant, they will always make an arrest.

Enck was later released on a $200 bond, which Price said is standard.

According to the Killeen Daily Herald, Enck was also arrested in 2012 for a much more serious crime. The publication reported at the time that Enck, then 18, was a suspect in a string of 13 vehicle burglaries that took place overnight. Enck was jailed on $50,000 bond.

However, Enck is apparently not the first, or youngest person to run into trouble from the law for an overdue library book.

Last year, Infowars reported that police officers visited 4-year-old library delinquent Katelyn Jageman after she amassed $81.60 in overdue library fees for failing to promptly return items including "Dora the Explorer: The Halloween Cat," "Sleeping Beauty" and "Corduroy's Halloween."

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I guess Texas likes to keep its citizens uneducated.

November 01 2013 at 5:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to halemary100's comment

Your post makes zero sense.

November 01 2013 at 7:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

EB spongebob lived in Texas?

November 01 2013 at 4:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Bill Spangler

If someone stole from the local book store, they would be a criminal and arrested, so
why defend the people that "steal" stuff from the library ... they are stealing from you since your tax dollars fund the library.

I am not for locking them up unless they refuse to pay fines and legal costs, with a minimum charge (say $500).

Lesson To Learn ... "Do NOT steal from the library!"

November 01 2013 at 3:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Why did they give him a bond. Should of taught him a lesson.

November 01 2013 at 1:28 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

More stupidy from a ever stupid Lock em up Country.

November 01 2013 at 12:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Where are these idiots coming from? Where has the logic and common sense gone? The cost involved to arrest this guy went Way and Above the cost of the stupid book! Who ever put that law on the books is the one who should be arrested!

November 01 2013 at 12:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Meanwhile hundreds of thousands of criminals walk the streets! This is absurd.

November 01 2013 at 12:11 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Only in Texas!

November 01 2013 at 10:00 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Bullying of the worst kind

November 01 2013 at 9:51 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Over a book come on. You know they probably wrote it off.

November 01 2013 at 9:50 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply