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Ridgewood Teacher Accused of Shoplifting Not Facing Suspension

Village police say Adolfo Noya, a middle school Spanish teacher, walked out of Whole Foods without paying the $82.30 bill.

A Ridgewood middle school teacher accused of stealing $82 worth of grocery items will not be suspended while awaiting his day in court, according to the school district.

Adolfo Noya, 47 of Wyckoff, entered the Godwin Avenue Whole Foods on Oct. 25, where a security guard observed him load 15 items into a canvas tote bag before exiting without paying, police said Monday.

Store employees stopped Noya in the parking lot at around 5 p.m. where police arrived and arrested the 7th grade George Washington Middle School teacher on charges of shoplifting.

The total value of the alleged theft – including the $7 tote bag – is $82.30, Ridgewood Police Cpt. Jacqueline Luthcke told Patch Monday afternoon. It mostly contained food items, she added.

Noya, who has taught Spanish in Ridgewood since 2000, will not be suspended before his court date, Ridgewood superintendent Daniel Fishbein said in a written statement.

Fishbein said he could not speak on the specific case due to personnel matters being confidential, but said the district will wait for the legal process to run its course.

"Allegations or accusations made against any person are not the same as findings of guilt," Fishbein said, speaking generally about the process. "When and if guilt is determined or someone’s presence is a detraction to the educational process and action is necessary, please be assured all necessary statutes and codes will be followed.”

Noya also could not be reached for comment Monday. School records show the native of Spain is scheduled to make a salary of $87,435 in the current school year.

The teacher's court date was rescheduled from Nov. 15 to Jan. 3.

Harvey April 11, 2013 at 04:45 PM
Certainly a lot of Wholes making comments on this page. A Wholes. How do we know what the real story is here? So fast to shoot, ask questions later.
YOSEMITE SAM April 12, 2013 at 06:08 AM
I knew from day one her would not be suspended; its the tenure scam; anyone else caught; big fine ; possible jail time ; possible community service; there real issue here is preferential treatment towards "teachers".........
Peter Roth June 04, 2013 at 04:02 PM
I may not know the whole story here, and maybe a tragedy occurred where he was so lost in his thoughts that he just forgot, but there seem to be three givens: 1) GW teacher, Adolfo Noya, 47, of Wyckoff, was charged by the Ridgewood PD with walking out of WF with $82.30 worth of goods and not paying for them. 2) The Ridgewood school system did not find a reason to suspend or punish Adolfo Noya as the action did not detract from the educational process. 3) At least the kids on my street view him as someone they don’t like, they don’t trust, and they don’t want to be taught by. Not saying that kids are the litmus test for teaching excellence because they may have a hard teacher that they may not like now, but later in life they may realize how much they learned, but generally, when my kids like a teacher, it’s more fun for them, they seem to learn better and they get better grades. My daughter is not taking a language this year at GW, but when she does, I will give her a choice. If she does not want him as her teacher, I will speak out about it. This is no different than when we hear about a popular teacher, or a teacher with a bad reputation. I as a parent will do whatever I can, within my means, to give my kids the best. Btw, I work for a Telecom company, and if I would be charged with walking out of a store without paying, no matter what the reason, I will be out of a job faster than you can say, “Pack your box”.
YOSEMITE SAM June 05, 2013 at 05:14 AM
YOSEMITE SAM June 05, 2013 at 05:15 AM


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