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Library break-in is one for the books

Library break-in is one for the books

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A Bryan man who told police he wanted to check out a library book will instead be trying to check out of jail.

Larry Lester Thurmon, 23, told police he went to the Bryan Public Library on East 26th Street on Monday in search of a book. But when he found the library closed for Labor Day, police said, he kicked in a window and crawled inside.

Thurmon told police he was looking for a book "about a boy and his dog," but he couldn't remember the title, according to an officer's affidavit.

Maintenance workers noticed the broken window about 11:30 a.m. They were about to board it up when Thurmon climbed out and ran toward the Brazos County Courthouse, police said.

While Bryan police investigated, Thurmon returned to the area. He initially denied that he had broken into the building, but he eventually told officers he would accept "a criminal trespass warning ... and not come back," according to court documents.

Thurmon later admitted to breaking the glass and entering the library, police said. He told them he left when he couldn't find the book.

Librarian Clara Mounce said the building has been the target of several crimes throughout the years, including an arson attempt in 1995, but it's not usually books the burglars are after.

"We've lost money to burglars in the past, but this was strange," Mounce said. "He said he came to get a book, but that's not the way we usually check out books."

Thurmon was charged with burglary of a building, a state jail felony punishable by 180 days to two years in a state jail and a fine of up to $10,000. He was being held Tuesday at Brazos County Jail on $5,000 bond.

• Kristy Gillentine's e-mail address is kristy.gillentine@ theeagle.com.

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