March 13, 2014

Police: Theft of $400,000 worth of gold Tri-Delta pins was inside job

A sorority employee and a partner are accused of stealing about 2,000 gold pins, some with precious stones, from the Delta Delta Delta sorority headquarters in Arlington, police said Thursday.

A sorority employee and a partner were arrested Wednesday in the theft of an estimated $400,000 worth of gold sorority pins from Delta Delta Delta executive headquarters in Arlington.

About 2,000 stars-and-crescent pins, decorated with precious or semi-precious stones, were taken from the Tri-Delta office over a period of time, police spokeswoman Tiara Ellis Richard said.

Carla Rae Seals, 42, and Mark Jason Stroface, 41, were in the Arlington Jail Thursday night facing felony theft charges. Bail was set at $100,000 each.

When older sorority members die, their families often send back their pins, which are stored at the Tri-Delta headquarters in the 2300 block of Brookhollow Plaza Drive.

Some have been recovered, and although detectives are still looking, many may be long gone, Richard said.

Tri-Delta president Phyllis Durbin Grissom posted a letter on the sorority’s website that said Seals was immediately placed on leave without pay pending the outcome of the investigation.

“We are deeply saddened to learn that the theft may have involved one of our own staff members,” Grissom said.

Richard said investigators dusted for fingerprints and found some belonging to Stroface, and an after-hours access code used for entry was traced to Seals.

Delta Delta Delta has reviewed internal procedures and added security measures, its website states.

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