A San Francisco police officer has been arrested for allegedly stealing a purse from a Rite Aid in the city’s South of Market area.
A police news release identified the officer as 31-year-old Brian O’Malley. He is being held on $500,000 bail.
O’Malley, who has been with the force for eight years, is accused of “attempting to enter Rite Aid with intent to steal” on March 18.
After the suspect allegedly entered the store, “a Rite Aid Loss Prevention employee confronted him and a struggle ensued,” the news release said.
After the police officer left the store, the employee called San Francisco police. Investigators were given surveillance footage from the incident, as well as witness statements.
Police said O’Malley had an arrest warrant for his arrest from the North County District Attorney’s Office.
His attorney, Rachael Levitt, told the San Francisco Chronicle her client did not steal anything.
“He got caught in the middle of something involving people he has known for years,” Levitt told the newspaper. “This is very sad. He’s not doing anything wrong.”