A California reporter known for reporting headlines and crime stories has become the story after she was accused of helping shoplift thousands of dollars worth of merchandise.
Sabrina Rodriguez, reporter for Sacramento’s Fox40 news, was allegedly apart of a tag-team that stole purses from a Coach outlet store. Police said that Rodriguez acted as a lookout for store employees and witnesses while her then-boyfriend, Nicholas Gray, took the handbags.
The man reportedly stole more than $2,500 in wallets, according to police officials.
Rodriguez, charged with grand theft and second-degree burglary, has not entered a plea. Gray — who had not yet been charged — is behind bars on unrelated charges, including arson.
Documents from the case allege that surveillance video captured Rodriguez picking up and shaking a wallet at Gray before the man took the wallets from a store display and placed them in a bag.
Police said that Rodriguez did admit to being in the store but denied knowing about the alleged thefts.
Prosecutors refute her story, saying that a series of text messages between Gray and Rodriguez.
Gray allegedly wrote, “So easy — I got 100 dlr purses” and ‘I got 8 $350 cashmere sweaters plus skirts I got rent” with Rodriguez responding, “awesome. I love when a plan comes together.”
The Emmy-winning reporter resigned from her job Tuesday.
“I am now focusing on life decisions as I move forward with the support of family, friends, viewers and the community,” Rodriguez told ABC News in a statement.
Rodriguez is free on bail and will be back in court this month.
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