In Focus: Graphic Arts and Library Theft
December 5, 2019
The Chicago Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is investigating the theft of historical topographical maps from various educational institutions.
Over the course of the next few months, we will offer you a series of articles dedicated to legal matters pertaining to graphic arts. Do not be alarmed, we are not suggesting there is necessarily such a thing as a graphic arts lawyer, or graphic arts law, we simple wish to bring to your attention regulations and crimes that are targeting this genre.
The maps are mostly from Central and Eastern Europe, including: Poland, Germany, Austria, and western Russia and their scales vary between 1:25,000 to 1:100,000. The maps are considered to be Interwar, meaning they were published between 1919 and 1939. Of particular interest are maps published by the Wojskowy Instytut Geograficzny Instytut (Poland). The investigation has also revealed the theft of 19th century Austro-Hungarian topographical maps. The thefts have occurred as far back as 2008 and as recently as the spring of 2013. The FBI would like to identify as many victims as possible, and would like to interview individuals who may have been in contact with the individual or individuals responsible for these thefts. If you have information or believe your institution may have been the victim of a similar theft, please contact Special Agent Luigi Mondini at 312 829-5526 or firstname.lastname@example.org.