The Commerce Journal

August 2, 2013

One Stop Shop theft, former honor society advisor keep UPD busy

By Joseph Hamrick
The Commerce Journal

COMMERCE — Cash at the Texas A&M University-Commerce One Stop Shop was not left under lock and key.

More than $1,000 in cash was stolen from the cashier station’s safe on July 23.

According to Jason Bone, crime information officer for the University Police Department, the cashier reported it missing when she came into work that day.

“She realized she had left it unlocked,” he said.

Bone said the crime is most likely an inside job.

“I hate these cases because it’s obviously going to be an employee,” he said, adding that only employees had access to the room the safe was in.

Bone said cases such as these are difficult to investigate due to it most likely being an employee.

“Trying to solve it is going to be a booger,” he said.

Another case solved itself on July 24.

After reviewing finances of the Order of Omega Leadership Honor Society, Courtney Record, president of the honors society, noticed a sizeable amount had been withdrawn from their account.

According to Bone, close to $500 was missing from the account.

“There were two different occasions money was transferred out of their account,” he said, adding that the first amount was for $50, and the second was for $423.

UPD met with Zachary Shriley, Greek Life coordinator for A&M-Commerce, to uncover who was behind the transfers.

An investigation allegedly showed that former Order of Omega Advisor Chris Hall was still on the account and had allegedly transferred money to his sister and another unknown party.

Hall has since been removed from the account.