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Three Washington area men convicted of stealing $200,000 worth of books from George Washington University Bookstore

Three Washington-area men were convicted Thursday of stealing books from the George Washington University Bookstore and reselling them on the Internet with the help of a hot dog vendor.

A D.C. Superior Court jury found Hao Nguyen, 42, of Falls Church, and Darrell Coleman, 21, and Kiry McCullum, 22, both of Washington, guilty of conspiracy and other charges in a scheme authorities said lasted a month.

Prosecutors said Coleman, McCullum and another co-defendant, Kyle Culbreath, 22, were employed by the bookstore in December 2010 when a security camera captured the men removing the books from boxes and bookshelves and placing them on a nearby loading dock.

At the dock, authorities said, the workers hid the boxes in a trash compactor or passed them to Nguyen, a neighborhood hot dog vendor, who then sold them on the Web.

The bookstore estimated it lost about $200,000 between Dec. 13, 2010 and Jan. 19, 2011.

Culbreath pled guilty in August to 12 counts of first-degree theft. He is scheduled to be sentenced on Nov. 16. Nguyen, Coleman and McCullum are scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 18.

This item has been updated to correct the date of the three latest convictions.

Keith Alexander covers crime, specifically D.C. Superior Court cases for The Washington Post. He has covered dozens of crime stories from Banita Jacks, the Washington woman charged with killing her four daughters, to the murder trial of slain federal intern Chandra Levy.

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