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Man Steals Books From Penn State Bookstore, Tries to Sell Them Downtown

A Philadelphia man was arrested after allegedly stealing eight textbooks from the Penn State Bookstore in the HUB and selling them downtown for nearly $600 according to court documents, and first reported by the Centre Daily Times.

Marcus Melvin, 23, was arrested on four counts of retail theft, theft by deception, theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property on Saturday. He was unable to immediately post the $5,000 bail and was held at the Centre County Prison.

According to the police report, a manager caught Melvin on a security camera concealing and carrying out books without paying for them. While the manager was on the phone reporting the incident to police, Melvin reentered the HUB and a short chase ensued.

Melvin was found with $600 in his back pocket. According to the police, Melvin received $287 from Neebo (former the Got Used Bookstore) and $307 from the Student Bookstore.

The most impressive part of this whole thing is how Melvin (allegedly) managed to sell back books for nearly $600. Maybe he can submit a community post with some tips?

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Kevin Horne

Kevin Horne was the editor of Onward State from 2012-2014 and currently holds the position of Managing Editor Emeritus, which is a fake title he made up. He graduated from Penn State with degrees journalism and political science in 2014 and is currently seeking his J.D. at the Penn State Dickinson School of Law. A third generation Penn Stater from Williamsport, Pa., Kevin is also the president of the graduate student government. Email: [email protected]

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