News Anchor Arrested for Allegedly Stealing Cop's Headphones

While going through airport security, no less
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 2, 2016 6:29 PM CDT
News Anchor Arrested for Allegedly Stealing Cop's Headphones
News anchor Lu Parker was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of stealing headphones from an off-duty cop while going through airport security.   (Photo by Antonio Pullano/Invision for the Television Academy/AP Images)

(Newser) – A Los Angeles news anchor was arrested Wednesday for allegedly stealing expensive headphones from a cop while going through an airport security line. The Los Angeles Times reports a passenger was going through the security line at Los Angeles International Airport when she noticed her headphones were missing. TMZ notes they were "high-end" headphones worth $200. The passenger—who happens to be an off-duty LAPD robbery detective—called police. Security video allegedly showed KTLA anchor Lu Parker taking the headphones. She was removed from her flight and arrested on suspicion of petty theft. According to CBS Los Angeles, the owner of the headphones made the arrest herself.

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KTLA says this whole thing is a "misunderstanding." The station claims Parker, a former Miss USA, was going through security when she noticed the headphones had been left behind. She had been talking to the woman who owned the headphones while going through security and wanted to return them to her. But when Parker couldn't find the woman, she boarded her flight with the headphones. "We are confident she will be able to clear this all up," the Times quotes KTLA as saying in a statement. (Read more theft stories.)

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