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Boca police: two FAU women’s volleyball players arrested on grand theft charges

The pair attempted to steal $1,410.64 worth of merchandise, according to Boca police.

Koreen Varney (left) and Emily Hise. Photos courtesy of Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office.

Koreen Varney (left) and Emily Hise. Photos courtesy of Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office.

Koreen Varney (left) and Emily Hise. Photos courtesy of Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office.

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Two FAU women’s volleyball players entered a fitting room of the Macy’s retail store located in the Town Center of Boca Raton with relatively empty Pacific Sunwear bags. When they exited the room, the bags were full, according to Boca Raton Police Department records.

On April 22, FAU students Emily Hise and Koreen Varney were arrested by Boca police for allegedly stealing over $1,400 worth of women’s activewear and Calvin Klein clothing from Macy’s.

According to Boca police, the retail store’s Asset Protection Representative Luca Rispoli observed “suspicious activity.”

The two were carrying large Pacific Sunwear bags that appeared to be empty. Rispoli said that he noticed them selecting items from the women’s activewear department. The two then entered an activewear fitting room, according to Boca police.

Boca police records state that when they exited, another Macy’s employee noticed several items were missing.

The FAU volleyball players were subsequently seen selecting items from clothing fixtures and entering fitting rooms. Two Macy’s employees checked each fitting room and found that multiple items were missing, according to Boca police.

“Rispoli advised the bags being carried by Hise and Varney were now noticeably larger,” Boca police reported. “Hise and Varney passed all points of sale never making any attempt to purchase the concealed merchandise.”

The Asset Protection representative recovered all of the stolen merchandise. According to Boca police records, Hise had $963.08 worth of goods, while Varney had $447.56 worth.

Boca police reported that the two stated they intentionally stole the items while working together and were both “extremely remorseful.”

They were placed under arrest and charged with grand theft and issued trespass warnings for Macy’s, according to Boca police.

Varney is set to appear at the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit of Florida court in Palm Beach County on June 1, while Hise will appear at the same court June 8.

FAU Athletics said it is aware of the situation but cannot comment on a pending legal matter.

Currently, it has not been made public if either player will receive punishment from the athletic program.

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15 Responses to “Boca police: two FAU women’s volleyball players arrested on grand theft charges”

  1. Dave on April 27th, 2017 1:48 am

    Two scholarships opening up on the volleyball team! When you play sports for the university you have to hold yourself to a higher standard off-campus.

  2. Jake coleman on April 28th, 2017 1:04 am

    I know Kori so well… she is such a sweetheart. I graduated high school with her last year.. I would have never seen this coming. I feel so bad, I really wish she wasn’t peer-pressured into this. Her volleyball talent would be terrible to throw away

  3. Your waifu is trash on April 28th, 2017 1:07 pm


  4. Megan on April 29th, 2017 1:31 am

    Sucks, lucky you are female in the USA. System will favor you I bet you even get to try out next year ha

  5. Brittney Guzick on May 2nd, 2017 11:29 am

    I went to high school with Emily Hise and it just really blows my mind that someone could be so idiotic. They were given so many opportunities academically and they didn’t think twice about losing them when they broke the law.

  6. B. Scott on May 2nd, 2017 1:23 pm

    Some of these comments don’t seem genuine. Maybe I’m being cynical but it sounds like Fey is already making one player look good and the other look bad. If you know Nelson you know she plays favorites. If you know anything about the team you know that Kori is a favorite and this isn’t the first time Fey overlooks or ignores her misconduct (maybe because she’s a freshman and we all know what we were like as freshman). Young athletes make mistakes all the time and I hope both these girls can comeback from this tremendous mistake. BUT my prediction is (based on everything I know about the coach) that Kori wont lose her scholarship and based on how frivolously Fey kicks players off the team I wouldn’t be surprised if Emily didn’t make it to next season, kicked off the team for an unrelated infraction so that no one questions why Kori wasn’t kicked off and was simultaneously allowed to keep her scholarship. I could be totally wrong.

  7. Julia Cutler on May 2nd, 2017 3:05 pm

    Brittney, you went to school with her for like 2 seconds, bye.

  8. Knox on May 4th, 2017 7:52 pm

    1.5k from macys and giving up your scholarships. Hope it was worth it, for what its worth, i saw better things coming for you after high school.


  9. Alex Westbrook on May 30th, 2017 8:05 pm

    I went to kindergarten with koreen, and high school, from what i could tell she was a good person. I graduated high school with her last year. I was really surprised to hear this and it makes me feel sad for her and her friend. But i guess luck runs out after a while.

  10. Alex Westbrook on May 30th, 2017 8:10 pm

    I went to kindergarten with korren and high school, from what i could tell she seemed like a good person. I recently graduated from high school with her last year, i was really surprised to hear this and it makes me feel sad for her and her friend. But i guess luck runs out for us all at some point

  11. Juankarls on May 31st, 2017 8:26 am

    B. Scott you definitely know Coach Nelson really well. It is really sad that Coach expelled some other players not too long ago, with the excuse of being a bad influence for the team but now Kori being arrested for stealing is not bad at all. Coach will protect her no matter what she does. Coach Nelson should quit her job if she does not know how to be professional. We all going to be Coach Nelson in court backing up Kori tomorrow June 1st, 2017. Embarrassing!!!

  12. Juankarls on May 31st, 2017 8:28 am

    BTW it is a known fact that Kori and Emily has done this before in many different ways!!!

  13. OH my KARMA will get you on July 12th, 2017 5:07 pm

    Coach needs held accountable for her BAD decision making and so should the girls who stole .

  14. Kids Will Be Kids on August 22nd, 2017 12:42 pm

    Come on now everyone… while this behavior is clearly poor conducted, they are two young kids after all. I really do not understand how students could be so cruel to one another and then go out to do something else as stupid or worse, i.e. drunk drive or texting while driving, cheating on assignments or tests, cyber bullying, graffiti/vandalizing, etc.

    This is just a teachable moment of simply kids being kids. We’ve all done dumb things in our lives so please don’t be so judgmental on these girls. They will learn from this moment and will be even better off in the end… after all isn’t that what the college experience is all about — learning from your mistakes and growing as a young adult?

    It is especially ironic (and unfortunate) to beat up a couple of young students who should be expected to make occasional mistakes while so many “grown-ups” exhibit such poor judgement as adults in senior positions within university. Former president Mary Jane Saunders, current president John Kelly the professional driver, current football coach for now Lane Kiffin with all his honor and grace, Friendraising Queen of Impropriety Stacy Volnick, recently dismissed senior staff exec Jorge Calzadilla, etc.

    FAU needs to quit being so hypocritical and corrupt (nepotism, collusion and deceitfulness, gross incompetence and mismanagement, sexual harassing, etc.) from the top themselves!

  15. Sdestiny on September 6th, 2018 7:54 am

    Oh please. They will go before the judge and cry and they will give them probation and drop charges after the probation and you will never know they was ever arrested because it Will be erased from their records. I’m just wondering why it was not exploited all over television stations as they have done in So many cases? For the person that said peer pressure made them do it…that’s just an excuse. Nothing more to see here.😒

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