Police officers arrest alleged bookstore thief

University Police Department officers arrested a man last week for attempting to steal more than $1,000 worth of books from the GW Bookstore and resell them.

Gregory Isaac Cherry was arrested Oct. 13 at about 4:30 p.m. after he entered the restricted area at the store and hid eight books in his bag, according to a Metropolitan Police report.

Cherry, who is unaffiliated with GW, also visited the bookstore the day before but “dropped the books he had secreted when challenged by staff,” UPD Chief Kevin Hay said. Bookstore staff notified UPD when he returned the next day and officers caught Cherry as he was trying to exit through a back door.

Cherry was transported to the MPD Second District station.

In January, UPD arrested a bookstore employee and an accomplice for attempting to steal about 75 books worth roughly $5,000. Staff also alerted UPD of their suspicions in that case.

Hay said the suspect in this case did not have any accomplices.

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