WASHINGTON – A hot dog vendor and three George Washington University bookstore workers ran a black market textbook ring stealing $200,000 worth of books in just one month. The books from the campus store were then resold to students off the cart for a quarter of the bookstore price.
The ring leader operated a hot dog cart near the GW campus in D.C., and his accomplices worked in the campus book store. The ring of four profited $50,000 but were caught soon after the bookstore manager noticed every copy of a popular textbook was missing off the shelves.
The manager decided to review the store security camera where he saw the employees hiding books in a trash bin. When the hot dog vendor came to pick the books up from the bin, the cops were waiting.
Each member of the ring now faces 10years in prison.
WTOP’s Mark Segraves contributed to this report. Follow WTOP on Twitter.