A Scott Community College student is accused of stealing $60,000 in textbooks from the school bookstore over several months, selling them at area pawn shops, a college spokesman said.

Darren L. Warren, 39, of Davenport was arrested Thursday by Davenport police and charged with first-degree theft, a felony. He was released from the Scott County Jail after posting bond.

“It’s not a small number of books,” said Alan Campbell, associate director for communications for the Eastern Iowa Community College District.

He said the thefts occurred over several months, beginning in October. Books were stolen from the bookstore on numerous occasions.

“It varied from day to day,” Campbell said.

The bookstore does not have a detector at the entrance and usually is staffed with one or two clerks at the counter near the front, Campbell said.

The bookstore has dealt with shoplifters before, but “nothing ever of this size,” Campbell said.

He doesn’t know if multiple students were involved. So far, only Warren has been charged.

Campbell said police made college officials aware three to four weeks ago.  He said police caught Warren after evaluating pawn shop records.

Police reports were not available Thursday. A police spokesperson could not be reached for comment.

The college has since temporarily limited access at the bookstore, including cordoning off sections of the store to students, who must ask clerks to bring books to them, he said.

“Our main concern is we have to stop this from ever happening again,” he said. “We’re doing our own investigation into that.”

The college also is talking about investing in a detector for the bookstore’s entrance, an expense it could not afford in the past, Campbell said.

Warren has a history of robbery convictions in Scott County. In 1996, he was convicted on two separate charges of first-degree robbery.

In October 1995, when he was 23, he robbed a convenience store on Pine Street. Also that month, he stole clothes from TJ Maxx on Kimberly Road and pulled a handgun on a security guard while leaving the store with an infant in his arms.

He unsuccessfully appealed his 25-year prison sentence for those crimes.

He was released from prison January 2009.

Campbell said he is not sure Scott will allow Warren to continue as a student.

“All of that has to be evaluated,” he said. “We have a policy in the student handbook that deals with students who steal from the school. We’ll discipline according to those regulations.”

Campbell did not specify what the policy says.


ORIGINAL STORY: A Scott Community College student allegedly stole $60,000 in textbooks from the school bookstore over several months and sold them at area pawn shops, a college spokesman said.

Darren L. Warren, 39, of Davenport was arrested Thursday by Davenport police and charged with first-degree theft, a felony. He was released from the Scott County Jail after posting bond.

"It's not a small number of books," Alan Campbell, associate director for communications for the Eastern Iowa Community College District, said.

He said the thefts occurred over several months, beginning in October. Books were stolen from the bookstore on numerous occasions.

"It varied from day to day," Campbell said.

The bookstore does not have a detector at the front door and usually is staffed with one or two clerks at the counter near the front, Campbell said.

The bookstore has dealt with shoplifters before, but "nothing ever of this size," Campbell said.

He doesn't know if multiple students were involved. So far, only Warren has been charged.

Campbell said police made college officials aware three to four weeks ago.