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New Orleans police officer accused of stealing AirPods from Apple store

A NOPD police officer has resigned from the force following accusations that she stole a pair of AirPods from Apple Lakeside Shopping Center in Metairie, La.




Ayona McGilberry's misdemeanor theft charge traces back to an incident on Monday, The Times-Picayune explained. Around 1:40 p.m. local time, McGilberry is said to have been in the Apple store getting her iPhone repaired. A clerk said that the officer asked about AirPods, nominally saying she should would buy some later, but then grabbed a pair on her way out without paying —while still in uniform.

By the time Sheriff's Office deputies arrived, McGilberry was gone, but her iPhone repair information made it easy to track her down.

AirPods have proven a hit for Apple, even now commanding intense demand. At $159, though, they're also not cheap, and their size could make them tempting for thieves.

Apple is believed to be working on a pair of high-end, self-branded over-the-ear headphones for launch in late 2018 or sometime thereafter. Second-generation AirPods could ship around the same time, though they're unlikely to be a radical redesign.