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Alarm foils break-in at Rockwood library

Provincial police say the shrill sound of an alarm at the Rockwood branch of the Wellington County Public Library scared off some would-be thieves attempting to break-in to the building early Friday.

The OPP says the would-be thieves were scared off by the building's security system

The OPP says an alarm foiled a break-in early Friday when would-be thieves abandoned their attempts to penetrate a door at the Rockwood branch of the Wellington County Public Library. (CBC)

Provincial police say the shrill sound of an alarm at the Rockwood branch of the Wellington County Public Library scared off some would-be thieves attempting to break-in to the building early Friday. 

The OPP says the suspects were trying to penetrate the building's east doors by drilling into the lock and then forcing it open with a prybar. 

Entry and motion alarms inside the building picked up their movements and apparently frightened them off, preventing anything inside from being stolen. 

OPP spokesman Const. Joshua Cunningham said he would not speculate about what the suspects may have been after, which could have ranged from electronics to books. 

While reports of books thefts are rare, there were reports earlier this year that thieves in Toronto were specifically targeting books penned by Japanese author Haruki Murakami. 

The Japanese novelist's best-known works include Norwegian WoodSputnik SweetheartThe Wind-Up Bird Chronicle and more recently, 1Q84.