Text Book Thieves on Spokane's Riverpoint Campus: Reselling Books - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Text Book Thieves on Spokane's Riverpoint Campus: Reselling Books to Starving Students

SPOKANE, Wash. - Tuesday evening at 9:30 Spokane police and Eastern Washington University police responded to a burglary at the EWU Bookstore on the Riverpoint campus. Police came in contact with at least one suspect but lost them in a foot pursuit. A perimeter was set up and K-9 units were called, however, no suspects were apprehended.

Police say this same bookstore has been burglarized four times in the last month. According to police, the burglars break in and steal textbooks in order to resell them for the money. Police say it's likely they take the books to Pullman to resell them to Washington State University student.

KHQ did some math, the average textbook costs about $200, but can be as high as $500. If you take the average, $200, and figure that a student takes three classes a quarter, you're looking at $600 per quarter on textbooks. That same figure works out to $1,800 per year, and if you take summer quarter, that's $2,400 per year. That's a lot of money for students already saddled with ever-rising tuition fees, living costs, and fewer job opportunities.

Police ask anyone with any information to call Crime Check at 509-456-2233.

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