The story has many interesting aspects. The weak sentence means that it is now open season on the collections of British Libraries. Many will consider the possibility of becoming a multi-millionaire well worth the chance of a year in conditions not markedly worse than a boys’ boarding school. Fortunately the number of criminals equipped to sell the items must be limited.
The Times report glosses over the motive, which is said to be “resentment” of the library. I wonder what the nature of his resentment was. Could it possibly be that, like so many other readers, he was tired of being robbed blind in charges for reproductions of material that he wished to examine?