Jay Allen Sanford 10:18 a.m., June 19
An admitted felon has demanded Carlsbad Police return property to her that they seized when they went to her home investigating the theft of thousands of books from county libraries.
Through her attorney, Maria Carmen Nater, 45, got a superior court judge to order police to return 17 different items that were taken with a search warrant served on September 6, 2011. The items listed include gold and silver coins and luxury watches, a black fur coat, and a Louis Vuitton handbag.
Also listed was the blue-and-black cart which Maria Nater reportedly used to haul away books and was first noticed by Carlsbad library employees, who then contacted police.
Carlsbad police said they found up to a thousand books in “plain view” when they went to Nater’s home in Vista. They said Nater “admitted to selling books on Amazon and stated she had multiple library books in her residence.”
“Maria Carmen Nater was unable to explain how she obtained such a large quantity of library books,” police stated.
In February 2012, Maria Nater admitted one felony count of commercial burglary. Her private defense attorney, Michael Hernandez, hopes to have this felony reduced to a misdemeanor after 18 months successful probation.
In April, Maria Nater was granted 3 years formal probation and ordered to do 30 days volunteer work. She is also ordered to pay more than $7,000 to libraries in Carlsbad and Escondido and Oceanside and San Diego.
Some of the conditions of Nater’s probation were listed as: “Stay away from, do not enter any library. Do not maintain or use any online accounts. Do not sell/purchase merchandise online.”
Nater is due back in the Vista courthouse for another restitution hearing on May 22, 2012.