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News Anchor Quits After Coach Store Security Video Leads to Arrest

By    |   Wednesday, 06 Aug 2014 10:59 AM

A Fox affiliate news anchor in California resigned this week after she was arrested on shoplifting charges in connection to an incident at a luxury retail store last year.

Sabrina Rodriguez, an Emmy Award-winning anchor with Sacramento's Fox40 station, is accused of swiping $2,500 in merchandise — including 10 wallets — from a Coach store in Folsom in March 2013, ABC News reported. She was arrested last week after store employees saw her on Fox40 and recognized her from surveillance videos.

The anchor has been charged with grand theft and second-degree burglary but has not yet entered a plea. She's currently out on $10,000 bail, according to Mediaite.

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Police said Rodriguez and her fiancé, Nicholas Gray, ran some sort of underground shoplifting ring where they sold the stolen items. Text messages between the two revealed their plan.

"So easy — I got 100 dlr purses," Gray allegedly wrote in a text message to Rodriguez, adding, "I got 8 $350 cashmere sweaters plus skirts I got rent."

"Awesome. I love when a plan comes together," prosecutors said the news anchor responded.

Gray was arrested in July on unrelated charges, including arson and the manufacture of methamphetamine, according to Mediaite.

Rodriguez announced her resignation Tuesday in a post on her Facebook fan page.

"The past three years at FOX40 have been absolutely wonderful. From management to my colleagues in the newsroom and other departments, everyone is talented and kind," she wrote. "It’s been a blessing to work and learn from all of you. Resigning was not an easy decision to make, but it's one that will allow me to focus on my case and work to reestablish my good name."

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