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Homeland Security Investigations agents help track down rare stolen book
Homeland Security Investigations agents help track down rare stolen book

A thief had stolen a rare 16th-century book from Italy. It was Marty Hamlin's job to find it, and help bring it home. Hamlin, a special agent in Baltimore for Homeland Security Investigations — an arm of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement — took the case in September 2013. Agents with an HSI office in Rome had been hot on the book's trail when it was sold by an auction house in the Italian capital. Hamlin picked up the trail, and within weeks had the book in his gloved hands. It turned out the rare books dealer who bought the book at the auction had sold it — to library curators at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. Hamlin recalls the shock of...

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