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Law books are expensive, so a student at American University’s Washington College of Law wasn’t happy when she bought the same book twice. After having books stolen from her locker in 2004, the student bought replacements from a private book dealer, Tolstoybooks. One of them contained notes she had written in the same book before it was stolen. An investigation and a video surveillance tape led to 28-year-old Reza Bahar, an American law school alum. Bahar, who runs Tolstoybooks, was sentenced in D.C. Superior Court last week to one year of probation and 100 hours of community service after pleading guilty to second-degree theft. Prosecutors say he stole books from student lockers and American’s law library. Bahar also paid $10,000 to reimburse $2,200 to student victims and to create a school fund to help needy students buy textbooks. Bahar, who is a licensed attorney in Maryland, says he “never really practiced ever” because he “was buying and selling books from students and such.” As for stealing books, Bahar says: “I had to plead guilty to just shut the case up. I’d rather not get into it.”
Brendan Smith can be contacted at [email protected].

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