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Emmy-Winning TV Reporter Arrested for Shoplifting

Fox 40's Emmy-winning journalist, Sabrina Rodriguez, allegedly stole more than $2,500-worth of wallets.
2:09 | 08/06/14

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That is all coming up. Right now we begin with that shocking arrest of an Emmy winning television anchor charged with shoplifting thousands of dollars worth of merchandise. Sabrina Rodriguez claims these innocent. Cecilia Vega with the story. Reporter: This morning Sabrina is not reporting on the news, she's making it. Police in northern California say the emmy-winning journalist who has reported on stories about the dangers of shoplifting for Sacramento's fox 40 -- Shoplifting has a number of negative consequences. Reporter: Was part of a handbag stealing tag team. She was the lookout and her boyfriend, Nicholas gray swiped purses from a coach outlet store last year lifting more than $2500 in wallets. Rodriguez charged with grand theft and second degree burglary has not yet entered a plea. Gray, has not yet been charged. But he is behind bars on unrelated arson and other charges. In court documents prosecutors say surveillance video show Rodriguez picking up and shaking a wallet at gray and then he took the wallets off the tan and placed them in his bag while police say Rodriguez claimed she did not know about the alleged thefts prosecutors say a series of text messages prove otherwise. They say gray sent her notes like "So easy, I got $100 purses and "The I got eight $350 cashmere sweaters plus skirts. I got rent and Rodriguez allegedly texted to gray, awesome, I love when a plan comes together. The text messages could be absolutely crucial if the defense here is I had no idea that any of this was happening. Reportehappening. Reporter: She resigned Tuesday. In a statement Rodriguez told ABC news "I am now focusing on life decisions as I move forward with the support of family, friends, viewers and the community." Out on bail, this one-time journalist known for reporting the headlines is now making them. For "Good morning America," Cecilia Vega, ABC news, los Angeles.

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