Man Charged With Stealing, Reselling Textbooks

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Man Charged With Stealing, Reselling Textbooks

CREATED Mar 27, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - One man has been charged with stealing and reselling textbooks from three area universities.

Officials with the Metro Nashville Police Department said 28-year-old John Jones was arrested Wednesday evening and charged with two counts of burglary. Jones and another suspect have been accused of stealing textbooks from three area universities and reselling them at wholesale price.

"Both of them are young looking they wore a baseball cap," said Patrick Cameron, Deputy Chief of Security at Lipscomb. "They're carrying backpacks so they do fit in a college campus."

Security officials said the suspects walked around campus, undetected for weeks.

"It was kind of a target of opportunity," said Jim Humphrey, Director of Security. "There were a set of keys left on a door by a cleaning crew who stepped around the corner; he just walked by saw the opportunity and grabbed the keys." 

The keys allowed them to enter different offices, stacked with expensive text books. Police said Jones and his accomplice allegedly stole thousands of dollars' worth of books from the school.

Police said they were able to find him through the Middle Tennessee Crime Stoppers Network, in which Lipscomb University takes part.

The second suspect has not yet been captured.