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A New Orleans police officer resigned Monday after she was accused of stealing a pair of wireless earphones from the Apple store in Metairie while in uniform, officials said.

Ayona McGilberry, 24, had been working for the New Orleans Police Department since 2016.

Several months ago, her name appeared in news stories reporting that her gun and other department-issued gear were stolen out of the back of her personal car. 

According to the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office, McGilberry, a Metairie resident, had picked up her phone on Monday after it was repaired at Lakeside Mall's popular Apple Store. While there, she asked about some so-called AirPods, which retail for roughly $160.

She indicated she wouldn't purchase them, but then she walked out with them without paying, Sheriff's Office spokesman Lt. Jason Rivarde said.

The store, which had McGilberry's contact information, called the Sheriff's Office, Rivarde said. Investigators then reached out to the NOPD's Public Integrity Bureau, and McGilberry resigned when she learned of the inquiry, NOPD spokesman Beau Tidwell said.

She was also given a court summons accusing her of misdemeanor theft. 

McGilberry went to high school in Pennsylvania. She was a security guard at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Mississippi, for roughly four years beginning in 2012, city personnel records show. 

The NOPD hired her first in July 2016 as a police aide, under a program allowing people who have served in the military to begin doing administrative tasks for the department while they train toward becoming full officers.

Records show McGilberry later became an officer and was assigned to the 4th Police District in Algiers.

One afternoon in July, McGilberry told the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office that her "duty belt" containing her pistol, two loaded clips, a stun gun and other equipment had been stolen when her personal car was burglarized.

The burglar shattered a window of the car in the 3900 block of the North Interstate 10 Service Road, managed to pop open the trunk and swiped the belt, which also included handcuffs, a radio and a flashlight.

The car break-in remained unsolved as of Tuesday, and there was no indication McGilberry's stolen weapons and equipment had been recovered, Rivarde said. 

Attempts to contact McGilberry on Tuesday were unsuccessful. 

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