“So if you see a jerk walking around with a 1957 first edition copy of William Faulkner’s ‘Intruder in the Dust’ with slight dust jacket wear, please punch him”

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Painful package theft from the Hill East listserve:

“I guess it is probably my fault for thinking I could actually have a package sent to my house without it getting stolen but the joke is on me. A package was stolen from my front porch today. So if you see a well-read jerk/a**hole walking around with a 1957 first edition copy of William Faulkner’s “Intruder in the Dust” with slight dust jacket wear, please punch him. While he is down, I would appreciate the book back as well.”

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  • might help to contact the used book sellers in the area, and sadly, dumpsters.

  • Try looking in nearby alleys/garbage cans — the thief probably quickly ditched it once he realized it wasn’t electronics or something easily resellable.

  • As a Faulkner fan, this makes me so sad.

  • yeah like a guy who steals packages give shit about books? that shit is long gone, man. look into trash bins.

  • I’d like to know just how common a “1957 first edition copy of William Faulkner’s “Intruder in the Dust” with slight dust jacket wear,” is before I start assaulting innocent bibliophiles on the street.

    • I would also like to know how a book that came out in 1948 was still in its first edition nearly a decade later.

      Still sucks though.

      • First edition and first printing aren’t the same thing. Some people will refer to a book as a first edition if it has had no text/type/format changes since its first printing, even if it’s had a dozen print runs. The second edition would vary in some way from the first– new pagination is pretty common.
        Obviously a first print (aka first impression) of the first edition is what collectors really want and pay big bucks for. First edition alone… maybe, maybe not.

        • I thought it’d be something like that, I imagined they might have changed something, considering the movie came out in ’49. Thanks!

  • Dang. Reminds me of when some select Kraftwerk CDs were stolen from my car – but not my GPS. There are some thieves with some good taste around Petworth!

  • Question for discussion: If you see the remnants of a package theft do you call 911?
    Leaving my soccer match Sunday at Marie Reed there was a pile of deodorant/toiletries/etc with a ripped open shipping bag in the corner of the stairs and my friend and I debated before figuring the cops wouldn’t come for that stuff anyway.

    • Let me ask you a question. Is a pile of toiletries on the ground an emergency?

      • It doesn’t matter if it’s an emergency. You are supposed to call 911 for non-emergency police business, too. We don’t differentiate in DC.
        To answer Mintwood’s question: I found a discarded stolen package in the alley and returned it to the houser it was addressed to, but I didn’t call the police. In hindsight, I wish I had, if only to have a record of the number of package thefts in the neighborhood. I imagine it’s a wildly under-reported crime.

    • I found a package in our alley last year with a few things left in and around it and asked on our MPD listserv what to do. I was told to call 911 and have an officer come out. She came out and took a report. I can’t recall now, but I think it had a partial address on it but not something that identified exactly where it belonged.

  • Maybe the thief still has it and is the same guy that stole my 60s vintage 3/2 roll tweed jacket. If anyone has had some Blue-Note jazz records stolen, we may have a pattern.

  • Over the summer I found a stolen package of books laying in a flower box about a block away from the address it was delivered to. I picked it all up and took it back to the guy. Point being, look around your neighborhood, even go as far as to look in your neighbors trash cans. Most guys open the packages and dump them if they aren’t of value to them.

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