GGC students caught in theft ring

Photo by Kristen Ralph

Photo by Kristen Ralph

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Several Georgia Gwinnett College students have been captured in an apparent theft ring, allegedly stealing books from the school's library and reselling them.

In May, GGC police officers reportedly responded to an unrelated theft call at Dorks Textbooks, located on Collins Hill Road just across Ga. Highway 316 from the college, when store workers pointed out several books that seemed suspicious.

According to reports, the employees "produced five textbooks which had black magic marker on the side for the apparent purpose of obscuring stamped words."

Upon investigation, police were able to determine that four of the books, an estimated total value of $367, were missing from the GGC library. Dorks employees told officers that the books were sold to them by a group of two men and two women.

Last week, students Jonathan Cooper, Brittany O'Meally and Joshua Leverette were arrested and charged for their alleged involvement in the theft ring. When Cooper and O'Meally were taken into custody, they reportedly had 11 more stolen library books in their possession, an estimated value of $871, police said.

A fourth suspect has not yet been arrested. It was unclear Thursday if she was a Georgia Gwinnett College student.