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Autographed Pete Townshend Books Stolen From Bookends, Cops Investigating

Police are trying to figure out how 60 autographed copies of The Who guitarist's new book went missing from Bookends last week.

Ridgewood police are trying to determine how someone gained access to and stole dozens of autographed copies of rock legend Pete Townshend's autobiography, "Who Am I," following a sold-out signing at Bookends last Thursday.

The Thursday night signing drew hundreds of fans eager to meet The Who's guitarist. Townshend signed copies for a flurry of fans and spoke about the autobiography, which reveals never-before-heard details about Townshend.

Then, sometime after the book signing and Friday morning, 60 autographed copies went missing, according to police. Store employees made the discovery Friday morning.

Police found no sign of forced entry and have not been able to determine how the thief pulled off the theft.

Autographed copies of "Who Am I" are being sold anywhere between $60 and $150 on eBay, meaning the value of the theft is in the thousands.

Bookends co-owner Pat Boyer declined to comment Thursday.

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Harlan Consider October 18, 2012 at 10:33 PM
Perhaps if the "thief" gets caught, he can use the same defense that Pete used when he was arrested for accessing a child porn site. "I was doing research on book theft. I didn't read them".
Lisa Ertle October 19, 2012 at 03:45 AM
Ha.
Craig Hueneke October 19, 2012 at 02:00 PM
I betcha "They won't be fooled again" by this incident.. (insert bad joke soundtrack here)....HA!.. Get it?? (you fellow Who fans out there get it!)
Sean van winkle October 20, 2012 at 05:10 AM
Cute joke Harlan....idiot

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