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Alleged Shoplifter Had Diplomatic Immunity

by ARLnow.com September 20, 2012 at 5:25 pm 10,107 67 Comments

Two alleged shoplifters were detained by security at the Pentagon City Macy’s store yesterday evening, but only one suspect was taken to jail because the other had diplomatic immunity.

Police responded to the store, in the Pentagon City mall, around 5:45 p.m. after getting a call from Macy’s about two female shoplifters who were taken into custody by security officers. The women were accused of collectively trying to steal more than $600 worth of clothing.

When police arrived, both suspects claimed to have diplomatic immunity, according to Arlington County Police spokesman Dustin Sternbeck. After checking with the State Department, it was determined that one suspect, a 35-year-old woman, was indeed a diplomat from Jordan and had diplomatic immunity. She was released on a court summons, accused of trying to steal $205 worth of merchandise.

Sternbeck declined to release the name of the woman. The embassy of Jordan was contacted about the incident, he said.

The second suspect, identified as 48-year-old Entaser Alsmady, did not have diplomatic immunity and was charged with grand larceny, according to Sternbeck. Alsmady is accused of trying to steal $427 worth of merchandise. She is currently being held in the Arlington County jail, Sternbeck said.

Alleged crimes by individuals with diplomatic immunity are not unheard of in Arlington. Sternbeck said he could recall at least one other diplomat accused of a crime in the past year.

  • dallynd

    Yes, I can see where a diplomat from Jordan probably had financial challenges. Not. That’s absurd. Immunity or not, post her picture and name.

    • charles

      But at least the diplomatic community knows to shoplift on the way to the airport, since they won’t be held. Macy*s is the new duty-free!.

      • Zelora


    • speonjosh

      And there’s another one with spots!!

      Get em up against the wall!!

    • speonjosh

      Why, so you can spit on her? Stone her? Yell at her? Key her car? What? Throw fake blood on her? What do you want with a name and picture?

  • Rick

    Have a great life! Ship her back home.

    • Adam

      she had dual nationality, American and Jordanian, she is home.

  • NoVapologist

    Back in high school, one of my best friends had diplomatic immunity. It was the awesomest thing ever.

    • novasteve

      Try to make your stories believable. Only diplomats have diplomatic immunity. Not their children, not even citizens of that country working at the Embassy who aren’t considered diplomats. I was an intern at a US consulate abroad, and I didn’t have diplomatic immunity because I wasn’t a diplomat. Unless you were in high school and you were hanging out with actual diplomats who worked at the Embassy, then I apologize.

      • drax

        Now I know why they hate us.

      • Ricky Rose

        That’s not true at all steve. All diplomats children have diplomatic immunity. That’s one of the main reasons for diplomatic immunity in the first place. We don’t want to send diplomats and their families to a country and have their children be locked up for some petty offense.

        • novasteve

          Only the diplomat has immunity. Not their spouse, not their children. You are confusing license plates with immunity. The spouse and kids get state department plates, but notice they arent’ diplomatic plates. They are different. Only the actual diplomat gets those plates, and those plates aren’t the “immunity”.

          • Second RR

            State Department website confirms spouse and children till the age of 21 have immunity.

          • novasteve

            Then other countries don’t do the same. You realize then if they have immunity, they would also be immune from mandatory education laws, right? We had children of diplomats in my school, they lived on my street. They went to my school. Probably voluntarily, but they were still subject to the mandatory education laws. Kind of like even if your’e an illegal in Arlington, the law requires that they go to school if they are of school age.

          • drax

            No, you don’t have any idea whether they were really subject to the mandatory education laws. You’re simply wrong about that too.


          • Westover

            Steve needs to STFU about that which he has no clue. He may speak of smiking with recent college grads, to all else, zip it.

      • NoVapologist

        As others have pointed out, you are just 100% flat-out wrong.

  • James Moron
    • Joehoya

      I assume we’ll have Danny Glover shoot the shoplifter, too.

      • Ren

        Sweet…bring that scene right into Lethal Weapon 5!

        “That’s one…fried turkey!!”

  • Casey

    Diplomatic immunity protects you from prosecution not arrest. They could arrested her and publicized it. Then ask the for. govt to wove immunity for the crime.
    But of course diplomacy comes into play since they contacted State. Maybe she’s wife daughter of a big wig or we need Jordan to do something or other for us in return for making it go away.
    Afterall it’s only shoplifting.

    • Just the Facts

      @Casey: Not correct.

      There are different levels of diplomatic immunity, but the one enjoyed by diplomatic agents (ambassadors and other diplomatic officers) includes freedom from arrest. From the U.S. State Dept’s “Diplomatic and Consular Immunity, Guidance for Law Enforcement and Judicial Authorities”:

      “Diplomatic agents enjoy the highest degree of privileges and immunities. They enjoy complete personal inviolability, which means that they may not be handcuffed (except in extraordinary circumstances), ARRESTED, or detained; and neither their property (including vehicles) nor residences may be entered or searched.” (emphasis added)

    • YTK

      “only shoplifting” ?? I see that the other detainnee was charegd with Grand larceny. Even if this “immune” person’s haul was of lesser value, it still is “Larceny”

    • Need a Bigger Shark

      As the other person stated, not true. Certain forms of DI preclude ANY form of detainment.

  • Hollywood

    Wouldn’t you get your hand cut off for something like that in Jordan????

    • drax

      Jordan. Right.

    • doug drabek


    • Ryan

      Most likely. They don’t mess around.

      • drax

        Uh, no, not in Jordan.

    • johnny

      of course not.

    • Tab

      No’ they do not apply hand cut off punishment only Saudi arabia applies that

  • NoVapologist

    Only the home country can waive the immunity. The cops can’t ask for that directly. They have to ask State to make that request.

  • Leo Getz

    I knew these South African diplomats who were smuggling drugs. Every time the cops tried to stop them they would claim diplomatic immunity. Finally this cop named Roger Murtaugh had enough and shot the South African Minister of Affairs Arjen Rudd revoking his immunity

    • Richard Cranium

      That’s interesting and all, but how have you been treated at the drive through?

      • WeiQiang

        Whatever Leo wants, Leo gets.

        • That was a good one.

        • Need a Bigger Shark

          but….but…..you’re bleck?!

  • Thes

    ArlNow, I think you meant to she was accused of trying to *steal* $205 of merchandise.

  • Mary-Austin


  • nom de guerre

    Back in the day my friends and I used to refer to them as dicklomats.

    • Richard Cranium

      So . . . if I joined the Foreign Service . . . ahh, never mind.

  • Bluemontfred

    Diplomatic immunity is such bullsh1t

    • Thes

      I donno. I’m glad our diplomats abroad can’t be jailed for crimes like blasphemy, not wearing a burka, insulting the crown prince, driving on the sabbath, etc. As long as the country takes responsibility for any damage done, I think it’s a defensible system.

      • ArlDon

        Exactly. Our folks would be in lots of idiotic trouble if we did not have immunity abroad.

  • GodFila

    Now everyone should know why it is fashionable to
    cut off cars with diplomat plates. They get away
    with mur… no scratch that ….. shoplifting

    • CW

      Diplomat plates are the one thing that scares me when I’m driving or especially cycling. They all drive like maniacs, probably because there are no consequences for their actions.

      • Arlingtron

        The idea plates to have are handicapped, diplomatic plates. Drive any way, park anywhere.

  • craig

    such bullsh*t. Since they said they have immunity, They are shoplifting on purpose and using it as an excuse. They know what they are doing. I hope the one idiot loses that privilege.

  • McDeviltoast

    Anybody else immediately think of Lethal Weapon 2 when they saw the headline?

    • TJ

      No. But it did when I read the 4th comment.

  • DarkHeart

    I remember when Mrs. James Brown claimed DI, because she was married to the Ambassador of Soul.

  • EPic dodo

    The story was posted at 5:25 PM but mentions the police showed up at 5:45 PM. ARLNOW can predict the future now? More sloppy writing or evidence of time travel capabilites….

    • drax

      More like your sloppy reading capabilities.

      “Two alleged shoplifters were detained by security at the Pentagon City Macy’s store YESTERDAY evening…”

    • Glebe Roader

      Um, quoting the story: “Two alleged shoplifters were detained by security at the Pentagon City Macy’s store yesterday evening, but only one suspect was taken to jail because the other had diplomatic immunity.” It says “yesterday.” So, it happened the day before the story was posted.

  • buzzrbtr

    Does Sharia only count if you’re in a muslim nation? I’m pretty sure Allah saw her steal those clothes.

    • drax


      Not all Muslim nations are the same.

  • doug drabek

    THe Princess of Jordan used to go to Marymount University. She was hot.


    This is certainly nothing new. It happened back in the late ninties when I was a Loss Prevention Officer at Heck’s. We once caught the wife if a Mexican Embassy employee stealing jewlery off a table and putting it into her baby’s stroller. Don’t recall if she actually had immunity but the worst part was that she blamed it on the baby.

    • Glebe Roader

      Or, Hecht’s.

  • novasteve

    I hope the Jordanians don’t chop her hand off.

    • from Jordan

      in Jordan if you steal you go to Jail. we don’t cut hands….!!!

      anyway i hope this woman who stole from Macy’s go to where she deserve to be which is Jail in her case.

  • JohnB2

    Even with diplomatic immunity, the suspect will likely be sent home or to a Jordanian diplomatic mission in another country. That’s usually how it works out for American diplomats who get in trouble with local law in other countries.

  • eye for an eye

    Cut her hand off!

  • The Bible

    Where can I get one of those “Diplomatic Immunity” cards?

  • from Jordan

    i’m from Jordan & i’m totally surprised & ashamed to hear this…!!

  • US Justice

    As long as there is no court decision by law they are not guilty . Let wait and see


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