COOK COUNTY CRIMINAL COURTHOUSE — A man caught stealing from the DePaul University law library Downtown has been charged with taking online textbook orders from students and selling them the stolen library books, Cook County prosecutors said.
Maxim Ganzenko, 28, allegedly was caught trying to steal a backpack full of books from the Rinn Law Library, 25 E. Jackson Blvd., on May 13 when he set off the security alarm at the exit, prosecutors said.
A library employee searched his bag and found the stolen texts, prosecutors said.
Ganzenko was allowed to leave, but DePaul filed a police report, according to court documents.
On Monday, after Ganzenko was arrested at his home in the 100 block of North Harbor Drive, he told police he supported a drug habit by taking online book orders from students and filling them by stealing from the library.
On Wednesday, a Cook County judge ordered Ganzenko released from jail on his own recognizance and equipped with an electronic monitoring device.
A DePaul spokesman said the school could not provide any more information about the case.
DePaul estimates that law students spend about $1,500 per year on books.