Daniel Lorello, 54, of Rensselaer, New York, a department of education archivist, has been charged with grand larceny, possession of stolen property and fraud. He pleaded innocent in Albany City Court on Monday. It is believed that Lorello stole hundreds of historic documents, many of which he sold on eBay. As a state-employed archivist, he had easy access to such documents.
Among the missing documents were an 1823 letter by U.S. Vice President John C. Calhoun and copies of the Davy Crockett Almanacs, pamphlets written by the frontiersman who died at the Alamo in Texas.
He was found out by an alert history buff who saw the items posted on the online auction site and alerted authorities, the state attorney general's office said in a statement.
You can read more at: http://www.reuters.com/article/internetNews/idUSN2848139520080128.