An Arlington Couple Pulled Off What May Be the Largest Sorority-Pin Heist in History

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Carla Rae Seals and Mark Jason Stroface
Members of the Tri Delta sorority never technically own the diamond-studded star-and-crescent pins they are given upon initiation. They are merely caretakers, required to return the badges to the national organization upon their death, unless the executive board grants a special exception.

That explains how Delta Delta Delta's Arlington headquarters came to be home to scores of previously worn pins, a "significant number" of which turned up missing from a on February 27, according to a letter from fraternity president Phyllis Grissom.

It didn't take terribly long for Arlington police to figure out what had happened to the badges, about 2,000 of which were taken. Who but someone inside the organization would know that its headquarters housed hundreds of thousands of dollars in jewelry and could access the secure storage area where it was kept without trashing the place?

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Tri Delt's beloved Star and Crescent
Their suspicions proved warranted. On Thursday, police arrested the husband-and-wife team of Carla Rae Seals, 42, and Mark Jason Stroface, 41,according to The Dallas Morning News.

In a letter addressed to her Tri Delt "Sisters," Grissom applauded Arlington PD for its work, which is ongoing.

"We anxiously await the results of the search [for the pins] being conducted by the authorities," she wrote. "At the same time, we are deeply saddened to learn that the theft may have involved one of our own staff members."

Seals, she writes, was immediately placed on leave pending the outcome of criminal proceedings.

Send your story tips to the author, Eric Nicholson.


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19 comments
dschaffnit
dschaffnit

I think a Phi Beta Kappa key would probably be more in order?

anon
anon

Dude has pink hair

Mervis_Earl
Mervis_Earl

"the Largest Sorority-Pin Heist in History"

Who knew this was even a thing????

pnd2131
pnd2131

I'm not sure what is more ridiculous. Stealing a sorority pin or people being involved with a sorority in any way whatsoever past the age of 22.

boogerleo
boogerleo

She doesnt look like Tri-delt material. Now he does, maybe as a plumber in one of their houses! I dont believe those pins were worth $400M, much less the original $1.5MM. Great story of 2 numbskulls!

Montemalone
Montemalone topcommenter

Are you sure there's not some meth involved in this somehow?


ruddski
ruddski

Please God, don't let these people reproduce.

bagsmontana
bagsmontana

Tri Delt is a sorority, not a fraternity, but let's not let facts get in the way.

Tri Delt, 2 out of 3 go down.

SCamp2
SCamp2

If you can't get a date, try a Delt.

P1Gunter
P1Gunter

Delta Delta Delta can I help ya help ya help ya.

whydoiknowthis
whydoiknowthis

@bagsmontana  Actually, some of the first "sororities" called themselves women's fraternities. Tri Delt was founded after G Phi, which was the first to start using the term sorority, but Tri Delt followed the structure of the other women's fraternities and uses their term.

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul
ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

@TheCredibleHulk @ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul@SCamp2 

Don't you mean I Eta Pi?

Of course, I was a member of Tappa Kegga Bru ...

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