ATHENS, Ga. -- A University of Georgia employee was arrested Tuesday after police said they caught her stealing text books.
Julia Hannah Meranski, 26, of Athens, also was illegally in possession of several types of prescription medication, according to police.
UGA Police Chief said that Meranski is under suspicion for text book thefts on campus going back possibly as long as two years ago.
“We have reason to believe she may have been committing similar thefts over a period of time,” Williamson said. “We do not believe that this was an isolated incident.”
The police chief said text books “are like cash” because of the several stores on and off campus that buy the books for resale.
Meranski was arrested at about 2:15 p.m. after another employee reported to police that someone was acting suspiciously in Brooks Hall, which houses the Terry College of Business.
The employee followed Meranski to keep her in sight until officers arrived. Once they did, police said they found her with text books taken from a storage area.
After she was arrested, Meranski was searched and found to be in possession of “a number of prescription drugs,” Williamson said.
Meranski, of South Milledge Avenue, was charged with theft by taking, possession of controlled substances, possession of dangerous drugs, and possession of prescription drugs outside of the original container.
According to the UGA website, Meranski was an administrative assistant in the Department of International Affairs.