Two women accused of stealing, reselling 4,000 books worth $325,000

Two women accused of stealing, reselling 4,000 books worth $325,000 – NOLA.com

Two women accused of stealing, reselling 4,000 books worth $325,000
by Michelle Hunter, The Times-Picayune
Tuesday June 02, 2009, 7:07 PM

Tanya Vatter and Vanessa Tabora might have been your average college students looking to make some cash during the recession by selling used textbooks.

But the folks at Chimes Textbook Exchange in New Orleans suspected something more than an extraordinary class schedule or personal library after the ladies began cashing in books almost every day between January and March, sometimes twice a day.

Authorities say Vatter, 33, of Metairie, and Tabora, 23, of Kenner, have admitted to stealing books from at least seven Barnes & Nobles stores in Louisiana and Mississippi – an estimated 4,000 books worth $325,000 since August, according to Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office incident and arrest reports. The two took their stolen tomes to Chimes, where they received 30 to 50 percent of the cover price.

And until Chimes workers notified the folks at B&N no one there noticed a problem. Unreal! And after stealing over $325,000 worth of books one gets a $10,000 bond and is out. Just gotta wonder about the whole thing…

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