Chief: Well-organized group likely behind textbook thefts on Kentucky campuses

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - The University of Kentucky Police Department issued a crime bulletin for faculty, staff and student.

UK Police received a report of a burglary that occurred some time between Friday evening and Saturday afternoon. Someone pried open locked doors at more than a dozen offices in the College of Nursing and stole textbooks.

At this point, police are not sure exactly how many textbooks were stolen.

UK Police Chief Joe Monroe believes this theft could be related to textbook thefts on campus that happened in June and July. He says they are also looking at similar crimes at other universities, including Eastern Kentucky University and Morehead State University.

Police at Morehead State tell WKYT they have been investigating five of these cases and recently identified a suspect. Officers say they plan on presenting their case to a grand jury there soon.

Chief Monroe says these crimes are more than likely being carried out by a "well organized group." He assumes the thieves are stealing the textbooks to sell for quick cash.

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