(Mural Outside of David's Books, Ann Arbor, Michigan)
Over the years, I've come to appreciate the pleasures, especially the monetary savings, involved with the purchase of used books. As many books as I go through in a year, if it weren't for sellers of used books, I'd be in debt up to my eyeballs. But one Michigan bookseller came up with a plan to restock his store that could see him spending a little time behind bars. According to the Ann Arbor News, the owner of David's Books thought he had it all figured out:
Edward Stephen Koster, who owns David's Books, was accused of hiring drug addicts to steal textbooks from competitors that he later sold....
Police describe him as the mastermind behind a scheme involving three heroin addicts who stole textbooks from rival stores over several months. Koster bought the books from them and then allegedly sold them over the Internet.I only have one question. How could a rival bookstore not notice that it had lost 300 copies of the same book before performing a formal audit? That lack of control is almost as amazing as the fact that Koster actually believed he could get away with his massive book-stealing scheme, in the first place.
Police began investigating last summer, when a manager from nearby Ulrich's Bookstore discovered during an audit that nearly 300 medical textbooks were missing.
Detectives raided Koster's store at 516 E. William St., in November and seized more than 1,000 books, including 110 that were traced back to Ulrich's, court records show.