I was accused today of trying to steal from my University's library. The situation is as follows.
Earlier, I'd found a bunch of books in the computer lab and took a few that appealed to my interest.
I went to the library later, setting off the security alarm. The head of security promptly came out and went through my bag, uncovering the books. Unbeknownst to me, the books had been tampered with - with security tags removed (I wonder why the alarm tripped). Obviously, all this looks very incriminating.
The gentleman took my information and asked for the barcodes. I told him the truth, that I didn't have them and that I'd found the books elsewhere. He didn't buy my story and said he'd notify the Dean of Students and may press criminal charges.
My question is, can I actually get in trouble for this or was the security head trying to bully me?
Any advice on what I ought to do now would be greatly appreciated! Thanks