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Public Safety helps nab suspect with textbook police work

September 21, 2011

Credited with contributing to an arrest in book thefts are Sheryl Boyd, Sgt. Bill Herrin and Officer Sammy Perales. Photo/McKenzi Taylor

Working quickly off a tip from an anonymous source, the staff and officers of Chapman University Public Safety helped the City of Orange Police Department turn the page on the arrest of a suspect charged in connection with a series of textbook thefts from three university libraries in Orange County.

“Everyone involved from both departments did a great job,” said Randy Burba, chief of public safety at Chapman University.

On Friday, Sept. 9, Orange police officers arrested and charged Joshua Christopher Gosser in connection with book thefts from the libraries at Chapman, Cal State Fullerton and UC Irvine, according to Sgt. Dan Adams of the Orange Police Department. Most of the textbooks were math and anatomy related. The suspect had seven textbooks in his possession at the time of his arrest and others had been fenced online and at used bookstores, Adams said. Gosser is not a student at any of the universities. A court hearing is scheduled for next month.

Sgt. Bill Herrin of Chapman Public Safety followed up on the original tip and contacted the Orange Police Department, but credited his university colleagues with skillful handling of the early phase of the investigation. Sheryl Boyd, parking and transportation supervisor, took the tipster’s call, and Officer Sammy Perales quickly corroborated it. Sgt. Herrin discovered that other universities were experiencing textbook thefts and a report was made to Orange PD, which launched a full investigation.

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