UW-Green Bay textbook thieves arrested in Texas

Published: Aug. 23, 2017 at 3:07 PM CDT
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The University of Wisconsin Green Bay says two people have been arrested in Texas on burglary charges related to stealing textbooks.

Authorities say 60 text books valued at more than $12,000 were taken from offices at the university in June.

The suspects have been identified at 33-year-old, Ryan S. Lewis of Houston, Texas and 33-year-old Genesis G. Abellar also of Houston.

They both face two charges of burglary to a room within a building and one count of theft of movable property of more than $10,000 in Brown County.

Deputies with the Harris County Sheriff Criminal Investigations Bureau, Criminal Warrants of Houston Texas, say both were taken into custody without incident.

When arresting deputies made contact with Lewis, authorities say he was surrounded by thousands of textbooks and was in the process of selling them online.

According to Chief of Police and Director of Public Safety, Thomas Kujawa, burglaries also happened at other UW-System Universities in February at UW-River Falls and UW-Stout.

Burglaries also happened at the University of North Dakota and Minnesota State University Moorhead.

Police say the suspects were confirmed present on at least four other UW-System campuses in June.

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