Blades found in books at VCU Barnes & Noble store

Police say Barnes & Noble employees are actively checking all bookshelves and taking other measures to ensure that customers are safe

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — VCU Police are letting students know about a “potentially dangerous situation” reported Wednesday at the Barnes & Noble bookstore on the Monroe Park Campus.

Employees at the store discovered a razor blade that had been “strategically placed in a book in such a way as to cut whoever removed that book from the shelf,” police said. Another razor was discovered in a book last week.

“I heard about it, I got a text from a friend this morning,” says Connor Gillooly, a VCU sophomore. But his friend, Seth Mitchell, standing right next to him hadn’t heard of the situation until that moment.

“They might think that it’s a joke or something to take lightly, but it could harm someone,” says Mitchell, a VCU sophomore.

No one was injured in this incident or the one from last week. The university’s police department alerted it’s community to the issue via post on Facebook on Wednesday.

Police say Barnes & Noble employees are actively checking all bookshelves and taking other measures to ensure that customers are safe.

“VCU Police want to make community members aware of the incident so that they can use caution to avoid injury,” police said.

Anyone with information pertaining to this crime can contact the VCU Police Department (24/7) at (804) 828-1234 or text VCUTIP to 274637 anonymously. You can also download the LiveSafe mobile safety application for free on a smart phone and submit tips, photos and videos directly to VCU Police. VCU Police detectives can be reached during business hours at (804) 828-6409.

8News contacted the Richmond police department to see if there have been any similar reports from other locations in the city. The police department is currently researching to see if there have been other reports of blades found tucked inside books within the city.

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