SAN ANTONIO – An off-duty police officer with the San Antonio Police Department was arrested Tuesday afternoon for shoplifting ammunition.
SAPD later identified the officer as David Nieto, 31. He was released Tuesday night on a $1,000 bond.
Speaking at a press conference, Chief Anthony Trevino said the officer was at a sporting goods store on the city's Northeast Side Tuesday.
He said the in-store security team watched the officer move through the store on surveillance cameras.
"They saw his attempt to conceal items," Trevino said. "He cleared the cash registers without paying. That's when they detained him."
Police were called and the officer was taken into custody. Trevino said the officer was in the store with his two children, ages 1 and 3.
Trevino said Nieto was being placed on administrative leave while the department investigates the criminal charge. It will also be investigated by the internal affairs department.
"I'm shocked somebody would put themselves in that type of situation knowing that if they're arrested, if they're caught, it would be the end of his career," Trevino said.
Nieto is a three-year veteran of the police department. SAPD officials said he will be charged with Class-B misdemeanor theft since the value of the ammunition was less than $500.
Mugshot below of David Nieto: