Los Angeles KTLA news anchor and 1994 Miss America Lu Parker was arrested on suspicion of petty theft on Wednesday morning at LAX terminal 6 which serves Alaska Airlines plus some gates for Delta and American.
The former Miss USA allegedly stole a pair of $200 headphones from another passenger who identified her to authorities. The incident took place in the TSA passenger-screening area of Terminal 6 at LAX, and Parker was later removed from a flight and arrested, a spokesperson with the LAPD said.
Lu Parker Used to former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Date Copyright: buzzfuss / 123RF Stock Photo
Apparently she picked up the headphones during the screening process from a passenger going through the checkpoint along side her, and proceeded to her flight with her newfound gains. There is, reportedly, a videotape of her taking the earbud-style headphones.
Her defense? ‘I didn’t steal these headphones offer, I found them‘. KTLA released a statement that Ms. Parker simply discovered them at the checkpoint and couldn’t figure out whom they belonged to. So instead of leaving them there, or picking them up and calling attention from the TSA, she took them along with her:
- “and intended to return them to their owner.”
- At some point in the future.
- Even though she didn’t know who the owner was (she claims) and had no mechanism to find out either.
And oh by the way please have sympathy for her because her father is sick.
The passenger whom the headphones belonged to, though, didn’t think they were lost. In fact, the headphones belonged to a LAPD “robbery-homicide detective [who] made the arrest as a private citizen.”