LONDON 4 arrested for theft of Potter novels

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Associated Press LONDON Police have arrested four people on suspicion of stealing two copies of the eagerly awaited new Harry Potter novel that were found dumped in a field in eastern England. Suffolk police said Thursday they arrested three teenagers and a 44-year-old man late Wednesday night. The four are suspected of stealing first edition copies of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix from the books printer, Clays Ltd., police said. The book is to be released on June 21. The Sun reported Tuesday that a walker found the books in a field near Clays and gave them to one of its reporters. The newspaper said it stashed the books in a safe at its headquarters in east London and later returned them to publishers Bloomsbury. A spokeswoman from Bloomsbury Publishing confirmed that The Sun had returned the books and said a stolen copy of three chapters of Order of the Phoenix, which had been circulating separately, had also been handed back to the publishers. Clays had no comment about the incident.

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