2 suspects indicted in textbook scheme that hit UWGB

Posted at 7:43 PM, Jul 10, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-10 23:42:50-04

Two people are facing possible prison time for a college textbook scheme that spanned five states including Wisconsin.

Tom Kujawa, Chief of UW-Green Bay Police, said this is biggest case his department has ever worked on. In June 2017, he said two suspects stole about 60 to 100 textbooks, worth $12,000, from University offices. 

By sending out surveillance photos, using cell phone technology and other methods, Kujawa said officers tracked down the suspects, Ryan  Lewis and Genisis Abellar of Houston, and learned they allegedly sold the stolen textbooks to a business in Texas which then sold the books to college students.

With the help of federal authorities, UW-Green Bay Police discovered that the duo allegedly committed these crimes on three other UW campuses and colleges in five other states.

On Tuesday, Lewis and Abellar were indicted in federal court.

"Very proud day. Good department. The officers on this department along with the campus, it was a full campus effort," said Kujawa. 

The two suspects, both 35-years-old, each eace 15 years in prison if convicted on the charges in Wisconsin.