Georgia criminal justice professor arrested for shoplifting at Target

Dr. Bruce Carroll, a professor of criminal justice and criminology at Georgia Gwinnett College, was arrested for repeatedly stealing from a Target store. Carroll was booked in Georgia on shoplifting charges on November 22 according to local news outlet Fox 5 Atlanta.

Carroll also happened to be arrested on the last day of final exams at the college. “It was definitely a surprise that he was a college professor and he taught criminology,” said Hideshi Valle, Gwinnett County police spokesperson.

The county police said that Carroll stole from a Target store on Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road. To get away with his items, authorities say he utilized the self-service checkout scanner, and after he paid for a couple pieces of merchandise, he walked away with other things he had not scanned.

But the shoplifting that day was not an isolated accident. Eventually, according to the loss prevention officer, they went back through security footage only to find that Carroll left with a host of other items he never scanned or purchased during a total of eight visits to the store.

Those trips took place between September 23 and November 3 of this year. The items stolen were: a bed comforter, a bed sheet, a bed skirt, a tank top, socks, universal thread boots, a golf glove, a golf hat, washcloths, towels, a grill brush, a champagne flute, wine glasses, probiotics, a picture frame, coasters, chocolate, dog food, and a food strainer. 

The total amount of the items amounted to $629.02, which was enough to warrant a felony shoplifting charge for Carroll. After his arrest, he was released on a $3,500 bond that same day. Carroll did not comment on the incident, and his office has been closed as students do not return to campus until January.

A spokesperson for the college said the school does not comment on what they called “personnel matters.” Carroll has been with GGC since 2014, and for now serves as the chairman of the faculty for Georgie Gwinnett’s Criminal Justice Department.




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