The stolen goods amounted to one $2.59 can of Red Bull, but it is the defendant accused of the theft that makes the case remarkable. Loudoun County public defender Lorie E. O’Donnell is charged with shoplifting the energy drink from a Frederick County grocery store March 2.
O’Donnell has been in charge of the regional public defenders office based in Leesburg since at least 1998, according to The Washington Post. The office handles indigent defense in Loudoun, Fauquier and Rappahannock Counties.
A security officer told a sheriff’s deputy O’Donnell was caught taking items previously, but was never before charged, according to the paper’s account.
The paper also reported a deputy took O’Donnell’s driver’s license after determining it had been suspended.
Online court records indicate a June 19 trial date.