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Three individuals were arrested for stealing textbooks from Emory University’s Barnes & Noble bookstore.

On Oct. 1 at approximately 4:30 p.m., the Emory Police Department (EPD) received a call from the manager of Barnes & Noble saying there were four people shoplifting textbooks, valued at approximately $4,000.

According to EPD Detective Anthony Refour, officers were able to locate the individuals based off of store video footage. One individual was distracting the cashier while two other individuals stuffed their bags with textbooks. When the cashier approached them, they ran away.

The store manager at the location declined to comment on the incident.

Officers were able to track and apprehend two individuals inside the Math and Science Center. The two persons of interest were pretending they were in the middle of a test when they were located.

Officers were able to locate the two other individuals on Oakdale Rd. near Oxford Rd., but they did not have enough information to detain them at the time.

According to Refour, after the individuals were let go, officers gathered enough evidence to issue a warrant for the arrest of one individual.

The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office was able to locate one of the individuals, but the other has not yet been located.

The three suspects were transported to the DeKalb County Jail. Two suspects are out on bail at $2,500 and $3,500.

“It was good work by the police units in response at the location in apprehending the individuals,” EPD Chief Information Officer Lt. Cheryl Elliott said. “Some members of the community also helped us recover some the property, so it was a good collaborative effort by the Emory community to find these people.”

 – By Brandon Fuhr, Crime Beat Writer