Employee Stole iPads, iPhones From NAC Members, Police Say

Gytis Alekperlis stole iPads, iPods and iPhones from Council Rock South students and Newtown Athletic Club members, according to Newtown Township Police.

A 20-year-old Northampton man has been charged with 23 counts of felony theft for stealing electronics from Council Rock High School South as well as the Newtown Athletic Club, Newtown Township Police said. 

Gytis Alekperlis allegedly stole “numerous electronic devices” from fellow students in 2010, when he was a student of Council Rock South. Police said Alekperlis worked at the Newtown Athletic Club, where he also stole various electronics, including iPhones, iPads and iPods,

Police said he stole the electronics in 2012 from members' lockers and cars.

Alekperlis sold the stolen items online through eBay or Craigslist, to various "unsuspecting" buyers throughout the United States and Europe, police said.

He was arraigned in district court and bail was set at $200,000.

John February 26, 2013 at 04:41 PM
Nice job screening employees NAC! I thought the money I lost from my locker was stolen now I know your lockers were totally insecure. I lost $130 thanks
Linda Mitchell February 26, 2013 at 07:21 PM
John, your concern is totally understandable. When it was first brought to our attention that there were missing items from the lockers we warned our members and brought in the township police. We must give them kudos for apprehending the individual. Unfortunately, no matter how well employees are screened, if there is no history of offense we have no reason to suspect a problem. The lockers are secure with computerized locks and no unauthorized entry is allowed unless supervised by a manager. Anything else is a crime and punishable by law. FYI - Some folks who reported stolen items in this case were able to retrieve them through the Newtown Township police. Linda Mitchell - NAC
Jim February 26, 2013 at 08:37 PM
Why not allow the members to bring their own locks? It makes no sense for someone (NAC employee) to have a master key! Make the change and eliminate the problem.
Newtown Res February 26, 2013 at 09:19 PM
Jim, It is actually a nice locker system that they have there. You punch in a code that you make yourself. People that bring their own locks hog the lockers, leave them overnight, etc. This is a lot more convenient. I actually spoke with one of their managers when these incidents were happening, and they have restructured the systems so only their upper management have access to unlock lockers when someone gets locked out.
Mari February 27, 2013 at 03:08 AM
I agree with Jim. Although the newer system is less of a hassle (than bringing your own lock), it seems it might be less safe, especially if personnel are able to open your locker.
Jim February 27, 2013 at 01:19 PM
I have been there a number of times...someone tells the locker room attendant they forgot their locker code...the attendant merely opened the lock with his key. No questions were asked. This is hardly a good system. BTW, this has been a recurring issue for years.
Linda Mitchell February 27, 2013 at 03:44 PM
There is an electronic key that allows entry to a locker when it is locked inadvertently, or if a member has forgotten their code. The system which always involved management, not just locker room attendants, has always worked well until it was penetrated by criminals. In order to tighten the protocol, we have a system managed by upper management that requires ID and signatures on the part of all parties involved in opening a locked locker. As with any system, imperfections are identified and then corrected. With few exceptions the system is safe. Again, the concern is understandable and we will continue to work hard to avoid any future incidents of theft. Linda Mitchell - NAC
jen mel February 27, 2013 at 04:41 PM
$200,000 bail is excessive for stealing electronics. I feel bad for the kid.
R U guessing ? February 27, 2013 at 05:05 PM
Jim February 27, 2013 at 05:10 PM
Linda, The story that I mentioned above...I personally observed the situation. It happened during January 2013. A young man forgot his code...and the "upper management person" opened his locker and then walked away without asking him anything or asking him to identify himself.
John S February 28, 2013 at 02:10 AM
Given the pattern of intent he displayed he completely brought this on himself. I find it hard to feel bad for anyone who committed 23 counts of felony theft. I myself am a member and have been locked out of my locker as well. The person that was working in upper management that night asked me what was in my locker on the way down to the locker room. After he unlocked it he looked to see if it was the bag I described to him.
Alex R. February 28, 2013 at 03:16 PM
Considering you only have to pay 10% of the bail to get out and oh yeah THE FACT THAT HE'S A CRIMINAL AND MOST LIKELY WOULD HAVE CONTINUED AND MAY STILL WILL STEAL FOR THE REST OF HIS LIFE LIKE THE LOSER HE IS....but boo hoo let's cry for the thief since he didn't steal from you. Who cares about all that money/items he stole from others to make money for himself instead of earning it....the poor kid just put him in time out for a few minutes. When he's stealing money from your bank account next, or from your house or takes your car we'll see how sorry for him you'd be.
AMG March 03, 2013 at 02:36 AM
I recently experienced an issue at the NAC with someone who was NOT upper management opening many lockers including mine, b/c a woman had forgotten what locker she put her stuff in. When I went back to my locker and it didn't open with the code I entered a woman told me the locker room attendant was opening up locker after locker looking for the the woman's locker who didn't remember what locker she used. I don't bring anything into the NAC anymore considering that anyone can and does open the locker b/c some people can't remember which locker they put their stuff in. Doesn't seem that hard. When the locker room attendant opened my locker with her special key, she didn't ask me for ID and I didn't have to sign anything either. This just happened within the last week.
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