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Textbook Theft: Avoid becoming a victim by marking books

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HUNTINGTON, Wv. -

It wasn't until after the three-hour drive to visit her family in Indiana that Marshall Junior and volleyball standout, Laura Der, realized her backpack with all her textbooks was missing.

"I have an assignment which is due on the 22nd, which is tomorrow," says Der. "And I don't have my books for it"

Der packed up her car the night before she left.

After she got home, she tells us she got a call from the campus book store, saying a man came in trying to resell the same four books she was missing.

With so many more valuable things in her car, Der wonders why the thief didn't steal more things.

"I had more valuable things, and why would you take my backpack of all things?"

Marshall University police tell us textbooks are common targets because they're usually untraceable, and they can quickly be traded for cash.

We spoke to other Marshall students, like Nathan McFadden, about how close of an eye they keep on their books.

"I always lock my room," says senior, Nathan McFadden. "And in the library, just keep my stuff packed up."

Employees at the campus bookstore say, in some cases, they can trace books back to owners, like in the case of Miss Der, who rents her books.

They also ask students to put some kind of identifier in their textbooks. - Something that says a certain textbook belongs to a certain person.

It might be a symbol or number on a particular page, which can set the book apart.

With as much as a semester's worth of textbooks cost ($300 to $700), students say they'll take that advice.