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90 days for Md. spider theft

A Maryland man has been sentenced to 90 days in jail for stealing a spider from a public library.

Carroll County Circuit Judge J. Barry Hughes sentenced 27-year-old Randy Humple of Westminster Monday.

Staff at the Westminster library called police May 19 after they discovered Chili Rose, a Chilean Rose tarantula at the information desk, had disappeared. Witnesses told authorities they saw Humple with the spider and that he bragged about swiping it.

Hughes also sentenced Humple to four years in prison for violating his probation in a 2007 assault case. Humple told the judge he knows he's done some stupid things and he wants to serve his sentence.

The judge said that while what Humple did may have been “stupid on one level,” it was also “criminal on another level.”

-- Carroll County Times

By Washington Post Editors  |  July 27, 2010; 7:32 AM ET
Categories:  From the Courthouse , Maryland , Offbeat  
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Bragging about stealing a spider from a library...loser. Being stupid is an understatement.

Posted by: Redial1 | July 27, 2010 8:57 AM | Report abuse

with a last name like "Humple" the guy is bound to a life of loserdom.

Posted by: matt_s | July 27, 2010 12:46 PM | Report abuse

Who steals a spider and why? I would love to hear this explanation.

Posted by: BigDaddy651 | July 27, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Not to take away from this guy's idiocy but why does a library have a spider?

Posted by: ouvan59 | July 27, 2010 3:08 PM | Report abuse

It could be a library employee's pet that they bring to work, or it could be there for the children to look at/learn from, the way daycare centers and pre-schools often keep pets. I don't look on this any differently than if the library had an aquarium. I'd be interested to know if the spider was returned alive, or if the idiot killed it.

Posted by: mercredi | July 28, 2010 9:14 AM | Report abuse

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