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Albany -- No prison time for the Albany Police Officer who shoplifted in uniform. 34 year old Melissa Albritten will serve 60 days in a diversion center for her role in a shoplifting ring.

Prosecutors say she was the ring leader and helped others steal from stores while she was in her Albany Police uniform.

She was allowed to plead guilty to one charge of violation of oath of office, but prosecutors say the sentence sends a message. Assistant District Attorney Leah McEwen said "I think that it does. We've had several Police Officers that have gotten into some trouble, and none of them has gotten away with just a slap on the wrist."

 Albritten could have been sentenced to five years in prison. Instead she will serve 60 days in a diversion center, then five years on probation. She also surrenders her Police Certification, and was fined 500 dollars.

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