Eastern Washington University’s bookstore on the Riverpoint campus in Spokane has been hit by burglars taking text books five times in the past month, most recently Tuesday.
A security system alerted officials to the latest break-in a short time after 9 p.m. Tuesday, and Spokane police responded to a call to find a burglar running from the rear of the University Bookstore, 528 E. Spokane Falls Boulevard, according to Dave Meany, EWU spokesman.
Police were unable to catch the thief.
Meany said campus police have learned that textbooks are being taken and sold for cash, possibly to pay for drugs.
Textbook buybacks are held at the end of each school year and might provide an opportunity to resell the stolen textbooks, Meany said.
Burglaries at the EWU bookstore in Spokane also occurred on May 14, May 21 and twice over the Memorial Day holiday, he said.