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Woman who stole thousands of library books, DVDs gets probation

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VISTA (CNS) - A woman who stole about 2,000 books and DVDs from libraries in Carlsbad, Oceanside and San Diego to re-sell them online was sentenced Wednesday to three years probation and ordered to stay away from all San Diego County public libraries.

Maria Nater, 45, pleaded guilty in February to felony burglary. She paid $7,600 in restitution at her sentencing Wednesday.

Vista Superior Court Judge Kimberlee Lagotta suspended a 180-day jail term for Nater pending successful completion of probation and ordered the defendant to complete 30 days of volunteer work.

The judge also told the defendant she was not to have any online accounts such as eBay, craigslist or Amazon.com.

In addition, the defendant may have to complete a 52-week parenting class if direction by her probation officer, said prosecutor Marnie McGee.

Last year, an investigation by library personnel in Carlsbad uncovered a significant book loss that had occurred between March and July.

A subsequent search of Nater's Lado de Loma Drive home in Vista turned up thousands of library books on cooking, crafts and animals -- some wrapped and ready to be shipped -- estimated to be worth $5,400, authorities said.

Some of the bar codes on the library books had been ripped off, and Nater admitted that she had been selling books on Amazon.com, the prosecutor said.

Nater was arrested last September when she stopped at a library to pick up more books.

Prior to her arrest, Nater ran a home-based daycare business called Maria's Family Day Care.

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