Four Plead Guilty in Transylvania University Theft

Four Plead Guilty in Transylvania University Theft

Four former college students pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court April 21 to stealing rare books and artworks from Transylvania University Library in Lexington, Kentucky, and attempting to sell them at a New York auction house.

Warren C. Lipka, Spencer W. Reinhard, Charles T. Allen II, and Eric Borsuk, all 20 years old, admitted to robbery, conspiracy, interstate transportation of stolen property, and theft of major artworks, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported April 22. Judge Jennifer Coffman set sentencing for September 9.

Because they assaulted Special Collections Librarian B. J. Gooch during the December 17 robbery, the men could face a maximum of 75 years in prison and more than $1 million in fines. Lipka and Borsuk used a stun gun on Gooch, tied her hands and feet, and placed a cap over her eyes so she couldn’t see. Gooch will have an opportunity in the presentencing investigation to testify how the incident affected her.

Posted April 22, 2005.