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Award-Winning News Anchor Facing Shoplifting Charges After Allegedly Getting Caught On Tape

Sabrina Rodriguez, a TV anchor from Sacramento, went from reporting the news to making it, and it doesn't look likely that she'll be able to go back.

According to police, she shoplifted thousands of dollars worth of Coach wallets at a Folsom outlet store.

The robbery took place in March of 2013 but charges were brought only last week after workers from the store recognized her during a telecast.

Rodriguez, who just a couple of months ago received two Emmy Awards from the Northern California chapter, was released on $10,000 bail after being arraigned on charges of grand theft, burglary and conspiracy.

The anchor and reporter had been with FOX40 for three years when she handed in her resignation earlier this week in order to “focus on my case and work to reestablish my good name.”

Rodriguez wrote on her Facebook page Tuesday morning, “I am heartbroken to say, I have decided to resign my position at FOX40. Given the recent media attention I feel it was the best decision to make.”

Police claim Rodriguez operated with her former boyfriend, Nicholas Gray, who is serving time on a California prison on unrelated charges.

They said that the anchor admitted to being in the store but that she didn’t know anything about the thefts.

A series of text messages suggest otherwise, however. 

Gray sent her a text reading, “so easy – I got 100 dlr purses ... I got 8 $350 cashmere sweaters plus skirts I got rent.”

She allegedly replied, “awesome. I love when a plan comes together.”

On its website, FOX40 said the station was informed late Thursday about the charges related to the 2013 theft.

Rodriguez has not yet entered a plea, but according to the station statement, she maintains she is innocent.

She is due back in court on August 29.

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