A female PSP agent was “caught on camera” shoplifting from Lisbon’s Colombo shopping centre on her day off.
The 35-year-old was discovered with €180-worth of sports clothing, which she had tried to ‘hide’ by wearing out of Sport Zone, writes Correio da Manhã.
Her ‘strange behaviour’ alerted the store’s internal security after CCTV cameras showed her going “up and down the aisles”, choosing various items – mainly clothing – and disappearing into changing rooms, to emerge either wearing the items or otherwise managing to hide them.
Once security staff were aware of the goings on, they tracked the woman, stopping her as she left the premises.
It was only when Sport Zone security called the authorities that the woman admitted to being a police agent herself, explains CM – adding that she had been in the force for 10 years.
A PSP source has confirmed the story, saying the agent has since been suspended and is facing a disciplinary inquiry.
CM has catalogued a series of PSP ‘misdemeanours’ in recent years, all of them involving male agents: in 2009 a uniformed officer ‘kidnapped’ and assaulted an 82-year-old woman,
in 2014 another was caught stealing from a supermarket in Lisbon and in December last year a policeman from Amadora was caught stealing two cheeses from Minipreço.