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  Police warn: 'Don't buy stolen Potter books'
Updated 18 June 2003, 14.00
OOTP hit the shops on 21 June
Police have warned the public that anyone who buys a stolen copy of the Order of the Phoenix could be committing a crime.

This comes after 7,680 copies of the long-awaited fifth Harry Potter book were stolen on Sunday.

Thieves took a van containing the books from a trading estate in Newton-le-Willows, Merseyside.

Still searching

The van was later found abandoned but the books were all gone.


Police are still searching for the goods.

But in the meantime, they've issued a warning to people that they could be in big trouble if they buy or sell any of the stolen copies.

JK Rowling knows about the crime and is being kept fully informed of all developments, her agents said.

'Spoil the excitement'

JK Rowling is being kept informed about the thefts
A spokesperson for JK told Newsround Online: "We hope that nobody will spoil the excitement for all Harry Potter fans who are looking forward to reading the book "

The long-awaited Order of the Phoenix is released at midnight on Friday.

Recently, a man was convicted of stealing a copy of the book - he worked at the printers where OOTP was being made.

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