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NATION : Quayle Guard Accused of Theft

<i> From Times Wire Services </i>

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.

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Fletcher has been placed on administrative leave by the Secret Service pending the outcome of its investigation, the spokesman said.


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