The Secret Service has begun an internal investigation of an agent charged with stealing a $280 ski jacket in Vail, Colo., while assigned to protect Vice President Dan Quayle, a spokesman said today.
The agent, Joyce Fletcher, 39, of Washington, D.C., was accused of stuffing the jacket in her shopping bag in a clothing store in the trendy ski resort last Thursday.
She was charged with misdemeanor theft and released after posting a $300 bond.
A Secret Service spokesman said Fletcher has been with the agency for five years, most recently assigned to the detail protecting Quayle and his family while they were on a Christmas skiing holiday in Vail.
Fletcher has been placed on administrative leave by the Secret Service pending the outcome of its investigation, the spokesman said.