2 UMSL students accused of stealing library books to sell online

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by Maggie Crane / News 4

KMOV.com

Posted on October 19, 2012 at 8:26 PM

Updated Friday, Oct 19 at 10:47 PM

ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -- Two college students are accused of running a clever scheme to rip off their university.
 
University of Missouri St. Louis Police say two students stole books from the library to sell online.
 
The students were caught when a physics professor from Western Illinois University ordered a book on Ebay, only to realize that it looked an awful lot like an UMSL library book.
 
"It was a new book and he was suspicious because it was so inexpensive," UMSL Spokesman Bob Samples said.  "[The professor] contacted the university and university police followed up."
 
Campus police tracked down the last person to check it out, and sure enough, they say it matched the shipping address of the book sold online.
 
Police say students Larry McCoy, 39, and Danielle Campbell, 28, were running the scheme.  The two students checked out 71 books between them, and police say they admitted to selling all but 15 online.
 
Samples says it's not uncommon for students to check out throngs of books at one time.
 
"For undergraduates in good standing, there is no limit for books checked out," Samples said.  "What happens if they are overdue or they owe money on those books is they are then not allowed to check out additional books."
 
McCoy and Campbell are each charged with felony library theft for allegedly swiping more than $7,000 in school books.
 
McCoy is still enrolled at the school, studying anthropology.  Campbell has since dropped out.

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