The principal of a northeast Houston elementary school was arrested and accused of shoplifting.
Houston Police said 52-year-old Tammie Daily walked out of the Macy's at Memorial City Mall with cologne, a man's dress shirt, two ties and Christmas ornaments without paying on Sunday.
Daily is a veteran educator and is the new principal at Shadydale Elementary.
"She simply forgot that she had placed the items in her bag," said Chip Lewis, the attorney for Daily.
He said she went to exchange a pair of pants, put the new items into her bag, and then forgot to pay. He said it was not intentional.
Lewis told Local 2, "When approached by the folks at Macy's, she immediately gave them the payment requested. She thought that was the end of the matter as she had paid as she promised meant to do. The next thing she knows, HPD shows up and she's in handcuffs."
He said Daily eventually paid about $350 for the items, got a receipt and thought she would be free to go. She was arrested. She is charged with misdemeanor theft.
The Houston Independent School District released this statement:
"HISD is aware that Shadydale Elementary Principal Tammie Daily was charged over the holiday weekend with misdemeanor shoplifting. Following district policy, the principal immediately reported the incident to her direct supervisor. The principal has been temporarily reassigned pending the outcome of her hearing, which is standard district policy. We will keep you informed as we receive more information."