Arrest made in USU Bookstore thefts

An arrest was made Monday after the USU bookstore notified police that dozens of brand new textbooks totaling as much as $7,000 were recently discovered missing, said Sgt. Jessica Elder of the USU Police Department. Elder said the individual arrested is Logan resident Landon Putnam, 24, a USU graduate and employee of the campus admissions office. “He was pretty quiet,” said arresting officer Sutton Hanzalik. “He struggled on being honest at first, because he’s never been in that position. He doesn’t have a criminal record.” Elder said the books were taken throughout the course of the current academic year piece by piece. The red flag went up for employees, she said, when they began to see multiple, high-price titles coming back within a short time frame. An individual is required to show a school ID whenever they return books, she said. There are multiple satellite locations in the area that buy back textbooks, and they all keep track of which books are returned. “Basically this guy went into the bookstore several times over the school year,” Elder said, “and was taking one or two books at a time. We’ve got roughly 44 books that have been stolen. In a five-day period, 40 books were sold back.” After the arrest, Hanzalik said he interviewed Putnam who said money was tight for he and his family, and he recently had a baby girl. Allegedly, Putnam started taking books because he could not afford them as a student, Hanzalik said. In many cases, he said, after people start…

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