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Police suspect a man and woman in bookstore theft

Authorities believe they have successfully tracked down one of two individuals accused of stealing four books from the campus bookstore of the University of Richmond.

A 30-year-old man with a residence in Montpelier, Va., was arrested and charged with conspiracy to commit grand larceny. The other individual police believed was involved - a female - is still at large.

The investigation began after four books from the bookstore came up stolen on Feb. 2, 2013. A staff member at the bookstore remembered someone exhibiting what they believed to be suspicious behavior, so the employee took down the man's license plate number.

Police ran the plate to identify the suspect. They questioned former co-workers of the man and eventually tracked down where he lived. He was eventually arrested at a gas station.

Authorities believe the man was in cahoots with a female, looking out for her as she allegedly stole the books and driving them away from the scene after. The man admitted to playing a role in the crime, telling police that he wanted to obtain money to feed a drug addiction.

A media report stated that the man was cooperating with police, and with his help, they have an idea of who the female suspect might be. They did not release the suspect's name, but the man did tell them that the woman already sold off the books that were stolen.

As far as the actual theft, the police may have a suspect, but unless they have hard evidence that proves the suspected woman's guilt, they cannot convict. Furthermore, the male suspect has cooperated with law enforcement and was clearly driven by a drug addiction. It is a defendant's hope that helping out in an investigation fetches a lenient sentence in return. In this case, the man would do well by receiving drug treatment to kick his addiction - not jail time.

Source: The Collegian, "Richmond bookstore faces another theft by heroin addicts," Ben Panko, Feb. 28, 2013

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