Lovington police officer arrested for shoplifting

LOVINGTON, N.M. (KRQE) – A New Mexico police officer is out of a job after he was nailed for shoplifting meat.

A Lovington police officer caught the officer on the wrong side of the law.

Alfredo Sanchez, 47, was arrested Sunday after he was arrested for shoplifting at a Hobbs Walmart.

“I can’t believe he’s doing that, you know, he’s an officer. Shame on him,” said Sheila Crockett, Lovington resident.

According to the police report, Sanchez was using the self-checkout lane. He did pay for some items but also bagged some things he never scanned.

An employee approached Sanchez at the door and took him to the store’s loss prevention office.

When Hobbs Police arrived, they compared all the items Sanchez tried to leave the store with against his receipt. They also viewed the stores security video.

Some of the items he didn’t scan include taquitos, ground beef and puppy chow.

Lovington Police say Sanchez no longer works for their department but would not say anything more.

Some Lovington residents were upset that someone responsible for enforcing the laws is breaking it.

“If he can’t obey by the laws that they expect us to hold then he doesn’t need to do his job, he’s not doing it,” said Crockett.

Others are wondering why he did it.

“He must have been in desperate need, that’s really surprising for someone in Lovington,” said Corina Leyva, Lovington resident.

Lovington officers would not say how long Sanchez had been on the force.

The total value of all the stolen items was around $50.

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