Wednesday, October 17, 1984

FBI Recovers Rare Stamps Stolen From Library in 1977

The FBI today announced the recovery of 82 postage stamps valued at $500K that were stolen from the NY Public Library in 1977.

The recovered stamps were among 153 that were stolen. The stamps were recovered in 1983.

On a May weekend in 1977, when the library was closed, the stamps were removed from 10 of the 100 panels stored in recessed oak cabinets on either side of the information counter. Among the stolen stamps was a rare 24-cent air mail stamp known as the “inverted Jenny.”

The FBI had identified suspects in the library burglary, but the five-year statute of limitations for such cases has expired.

excerpt from NYT 10/17/84