While visiting husband's grave, Dallas Lt. on leave has car burglarized




Posted on December 31, 2012 at 12:07 PM

Updated Monday, Dec 31 at 7:13 PM

DALLAS -- The Dallas police lieutenant on leave for making a rap video with content that may be detrimental to the department had her car broken into Sunday while visiting the grave of her fallen husband, a police report said.

Sunday afternoon, Lt. Regina Smith was placing flowers upon the grave of her husband, Sr. Cpl. Norm Smith, who was killed in the line of duty in Jan. 2009.

As Smith placed the flowers on her husband's grave in the Garden of Honor at Restland Cemetery, the report said she heard a door slam, and turned around to see the suspect driving away from her beige Cadillac. The parking area for the Garden of Honor is just a few feet away from Norman Smith's memorial, in a low-traffic area of the cemetery.

When she got back to her car, an iPad, an iPhone, a Burberry purse, a Burberry wallet, a Louis Vuitton cosmetic bag and $170 in cash were missing. In all, the stolen items were worth $3,370, the police report said.

Officials at Restland say they were never notified of the alleged theft, and Lt. Smith was unable to provide police with any suspect or getaway vehicle information.

Also lost in the theft were Smith's wallet and identification card, which, according to spokeswoman Sr. Cpl. Melinda Gutierrez, only allowed her access to the interior of police buildings. It was not a badge and did not give her the right to carry a weapon.

Smith, who went by the pseudonym "Lucille Baller" in her music videos, remains on leave from the department following an internal investigation of the rap videos she posted on her personal website. The matter is still under investigation.

News 8 was unable to reach Lt. Smith for comment on Sunday's theft.

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