The GRA and GRALPC Proudly Announce the First
At the 5th Annual GRAORCA Retail Crime Conference, members of the
Georgia Retail Association Loss Prevention Council announced news of a brand new
partnership with the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice of Kennesaw
State University located in Kennesaw, Georgia. As part of the mission of
continuing education, the Georgia Retail Association Organized Retail Crime
Alliance Scholarship will provide scholarships to students majoring in Criminal
Justice who demonstrate an interest in the field of Loss Prevention, with a
minimum GPA of 2.0. Senior status is preferred and each scholarship awarded is
$1,000! The scholarship is intended to help offset the cost of the student's
tuition while taking an internship course related to retail Loss Prevention.
Over the course of the last
few months, submitted scholarship applications were reviewed by a scholarship
committee. Submissions included an essay focusing on each applicant's career
aspirations when it comes to Criminal Justice and Loss Prevention. For the first
round of scholarships, two Kennesaw State University students were selected to
receive the inaugural scholarship -
John Sitzes and
Q'uran Tour'ie Williams. Both winners completed their
internship courses in the Loss Prevention departments of Floor and Décor and
Total Wine and More, respectively.
GRAORCA intends to offer another round of scholarships for the
upcoming semester. Current KSU Criminal Justice students meeting the criteria
who are interested in applying for the 2016 Fall Semester Scholarship should
contact Kennesaw State's Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice at
470.578.6739 or by clicking
Pictured Above: Scholarship
Winners John Sitzes and Q'uran Tour'ie Williams with members of the GRALPC and
KSU Dept. of Sociology and Criminal Justice - Department Chair Dr. Sam Abaidoo
and Asst. Professor of Criminal Justice Dr. Peter Fenton
Thank you Chad McManus for this submission and congratulations to
the scholarship winners!
NY: Macy's Loss Prevention Associate Stole $69K Worth of Perfume
A Queens man was arrested Monday afternoon for stealing $69,000 worth of
designer perfume while employed at a Manhasset department store last month,
police say. According to authorities, Juan Adriano Infante, 21, stole the
boxes of Chanel Fragrance at some point between May 13-15 while employed as
a Loss Prevention associate for Macy's.
Coldwater, MI: Gander
Mountain ORC thief sentenced to 18 months to 5 years
the suspects in the theft of a large amount of items from the Coldwater Gander
Mountain store was sentenced on Monday in Branch County Circuit Court.
28-year-old Paul William Goetz-Hoke was ordered to serve between 18 months and
five years after he entered guilty pleas to first degree retail fraud and
organized retail crime. Goetz-Hoke was given credit for 76 days already served.
He along with Kayla Kristine Wagoner were arrested following a Coldwater Police
Department investigation into the taking of items from the store for possible
reselling either through the mail or by electronic media.
Tempe, AZ: Man responsible
for $7,000 in Cell Phone store thefts arrested
man already on probation for cell phone theft is arrested in relation to nine
more cell phone store robberies. Court records show that from March 4 to May 20,
the 26-year-old man, robbed nine cell phones stores in Tempe, Mesa Chandler and
Phoenix, getting 13 phones worth nearly $7,000. He apparently liked Cricket
stores hitting them five times, followed by two robberies of Metro PCS and
single robberies at AT&T and Radio Shack. He is now facing nine counts of
organized retail theft.
Walton County, FL: Thief
faces burglary, grand theft and dealing in stolen property charges after
stealing sunglasses from former employer
According to the Walton County Sheriff's Office, someone stole 57 pair of Maui
Jim sunglasses worth $14,000 from Aly's Beach back in May. Days after the
burglary, authorities say Zorn sold seven pair of the sunglasses to a Pensacola
pawn shop for $11 a pair, totaling $77. Authorities say that was a fraction of
the retail value of $1,800.
Box Elder, UT: Two women
accused of stealing jeans,
trying to run over store clerk
Two Box Elder women are jailed on felony charges of robbery on allegations
they stole $2,750 in jeans and tried to run over a store employee. Police
responded to a report Saturday of a woman stealing 18 pairs of jeans from a
store on the 3000 block of North Montana Avenue. While the women tried to flee
the scene, they reportedly nearly struck a shop employee with a car. A witness
to the incident followed the women, who were later apprehended by police.
"Ahenakew admitted she knew the employee was there and she thought she was going
to hit her with her car," the documents state.
Berks County, PA: PA State Police arrest
man stealing $1,000 of baby formula from Walmart; found with 2.2 grams of
West Whiteland, Target Loss Prevention
Associate assaulted during $800 theft apprehension
Weatherford, TX: Mother & Daughter nabbed
for $350 shoplifting at Home Depot; daughter has 5 priors
Detroit, MI: Warrant issued for suspect in
$675 Kroger Theft; repeat offender
Avon, OH: Woman arrested at Walmart
stealing $500 in baby formula