OAK GROVE, Ore. – Someone is cutting pages out of books at the Oak Lodge Library.
The Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office says 122 books have been damaged so far, costing taxpayers more than $2,700.
The library reported the damage on Sept. 26 after employees noticed random pages were removed from dozens of books. The damaged books were mostly from the mystery and science fiction sections, which are farthest from the front desk and the most difficult sections for staff to monitor.
Library employees looked into who previously checked out the damaged books, and said they believe the damage was done while the books were still in the library.
"We know it's happening inside the library because these are materials that had not been checked out within the last three or four months," said Library Director Doris Grolbert.
The library does not have any surveillance video.
"We are heartbroken over this. It's just devastating to us that anyone could possibly think it's okay to do this," Grolbert said.
The library staff is looking through every book, almost 60,000 in all, to check if more books are damaged.
Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office tip line at 503-723-4949.