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Stolen magazine with Beatles on cover returned 50 years later

An Ohio library says it received an apology this week from someone named Brian, who acknowledged that as a kid in 1968, he stole this copy of Life magazine with the Beatles on the cover. He returned it along with a MoneyGram for $100 to cover late fees. (Cuyahoga County Public Library)

An Ohio library says it received an apology this week from someone named Brian, who acknowledged that as a kid in 1968, he stole this copy of Life magazine with the Beatles on the cover. He returned it along with a MoneyGram for $100 to cover late fees. (Cuyahoga County Public Library)

CLEVELAND — An Ohio library says a 1968 copy of Life magazine with the Beatles on the cover has been returned by a borrower who apologized for stealing it as a “kid” and sent $100 to cover late fees.

The Cuyahoga County Public Library says it received the apology this week from someone named Brian, who acknowledged taking it from a suburban Cleveland branch the year it was published.

The library caps late fees at $100, which is good for Brian. The normal fine of 10 cents a day over 50 years would have exceeded $1,800.

Library spokesman Robert Rua says the library is forgiving and thanks Brian for doing the right thing.

A copy of the magazine today fetches around $50 online.

The library expects to put the magazine on display.

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