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Miami cop caught hauling mattresses with patrol car days before her retirement

A veteran Miami police officer is suspended after she was caught hauling mattresses with her patrol car CBS

(CBS/AP) MIAMI - Just days before her retirement, a veteran Miami police officer was caught using her patrol car to haul mattresses, and was relieved of duty with pay while the department investigates.

Several Miami television stations aired viewers' video or photos of the marked patrol car with mattresses fastened to the top on Monday.

Officer Sandra Lyles' vehicle, gun and badge have been taken. The 32-year veteran of the Miami-Dade Police Department is set to retire Monday, but a police spokeswoman said the investigation wouldn't affect her retirement.

Major Nancy Perez, the department spokeswoman, says Lyles violated department policy and embarrassed herself.

Personnel records show that Lyles has received merit increases since she was hired in 1980, but she's also been disciplined more than a dozen times.

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