Publix Super Market. Photo: Chet Meyerson.

Stacey Honowitz, a prosecutor with the Broward State Attorney’s Office, has been arrested after staff at a Publix supermarket in Aventura allegedly caught her stealing beauty products.

Aventura Police arrived at 18995 Biscayne Blvd. on the afternoon of Sept. 15, where, according to news reports, they interviewed Publix employees and scoured video footage before arresting Honowitz.

According to the arrest form, Honowitz placed more than $124 of groceries in her cart but also “selected three beauty products valued at $42.93 and concealed them in her purse.”


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“We have been made aware of the incident by the prosecutor,” said Constance Simmons, a spokeswoman from the Broward Office of the State Attorney. “She has been suspended, pending an administrative review. She will be utilizing her vacation time until we complete the investigation.”

Honowitz, who served as a supervisor in the sex crimes and child abuse unit, has practiced law for more than 30 years. She has authored children’s books about sexual abuse and held various speaking engagements on sex crimes, child pornography and the criminal justice system.

Honowitz was not jailed, but has been charged with misdemeanor retail theft. She did not respond to a request for comment Monday.