Censured Royal Oak City Commissioner Kim Gibbs, a Republican, was caught shoplifting, according to Detroit Free Press.
Gibbs was censured last month by the City Commission because she attended the Apr. 15 “Operation Gridlock” rally in Lansing, which protested Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s extension of the state-wide stay-at-home orders amid the coronavirus pandemic. Gibbs was captured on TV without wearing a face mask and not keeping safe social distance.
After the shoplifting misconduct, Gibbs issued a statement of apology on Wednesday evening.
"I would like to apologize to my family, friends and especially my constituents for my substantial lapse in judgement today, Wednesday, May 6. A combination of many external factors led to my poor judgement. The economic impact of the COVID-19 statewide lockdown has taken a serious toll on me personally. I obviously was not thinking clearly, and I take full responsibility for my actions," she said.
"Recent threats and harassment along with censure in Royal Oak for my attendance at 'Operation Gridlock' and a lack of sleep have resulted in my mistake. Thanks to the support of family and friends, I am now seeking treatment from medical professionals to ensure I never make a mistake like this again."
On Wednesday, Gibbs was caught leaving Meijer with more than $130 worth of groceries, most of which were not paid.
The City Commissioner was ticketed for third-degree retail fraud, a misdemeanor, and has a pending court date of Jun 16.
Gibbs was a Republican candidate for Oakland County commissioner in November, competing with the incumbent Democratic Chairman Dave Woodward.