Fullerton police officer Kelly Janeth Mejia was arrested last month for allegedly stealing an iPad from another traveler at a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) checkpoint at Miami International Airport.
This week, the six-year veteran of the department was placed on paid administrative leave.
Lou Ponsi has the scoop for The Orange County Register.
The 25-year-old cop was spotted on surveillance video placing the iPad in her carry-on bag after taking it from a bin adjacent to a metal detector, according to Miami-Dade police, who add the $800 device was later plainly visible in Mejia's purse.
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Meijia, who is said to have told Miami cops she found the iPad, has already pleaded not guilty to third-degree grand theft and is due back in court Aug. 29.
Fullerton Police Sergeant Andrew Goodrich reportedly told the Reg that Mejia was placed on administrative leave as soon as her superiors found out about the arrest. Her future with the department depends on the outcome of her court case, the spokesman added.
Ponsi ends his post like a Weekling, noting that Mejia was among 22 Fullerton police officers who were honored by Mothers Against Drunk Driving for making a significant number of DUI arrests in 2008.
Tracking one's DUI arrests: wonder if there's an app for that. . . .