Fox News Anchor Resigns After Helping Boyfriend Shoplift
August 6, 2014 9:15am PST
Fox40 anchor Sabrina Rodriguez has been charged with grand theft, burglary and conspiracy to commit a crime, as police claim that security camera footage from March 2013 shows her assisting her boyfriend in stealing 10 wallets from a Sacramento Coach outlet store. The merchandise was valued at around $2,500.
The March 24 surveillance footage, which has not been released to the media, reportedly shows Rodriguez directing her boyfriend, Nicholas Gray, to the wallets, then helping conceal his actions as he snagged them.
Although Rodriguez maintains that she is innocent and looks forward to clearing her name in court, text messages exchanged between she and Gray appear to be incriminating evidence against her. When police arrested Gray on an outstanding warrant he had for a separate charge, they searched his iPhone, which led them to a conversation between he and Rodriguez. Gray had said to his girlfriend via text message, “I got 8 $350 cashmere sweaters plus skirts I got rent.” Rodriguez responded, “I love when a plan comes together.”
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Fox News appears to be standing by their employee. A spokesperson for the network told MailOnline:
“We were informed late Thursday July 31 that legal action has been taken against anchor Sabrina Rodriguez. These charges relate to a personal situation with Ms. Rodriguez that is not related to her work at Fox40. Sabrina maintains she is innocent of these allegations. She has been granted a voluntary leave of absence from the station.”
Rodriguez announced her resignation on her official Facebook page. She wrote yesterday:
“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. 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. It’s been a blessing to work and learn from all of you. To the viewers, thank you for your incredible love and support. It’s overwhelming. 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.”
Rodriguez was released on $10,000 bail last week and will be arraigned on August 29. We’ll be sure to keep you updated as more information pertaining to her case becomes available.
What’s your take on this sticky situation? Is Rodriguez innocent of the shoplifting charges and guilty of nothing more than making a bad choice in who to date? Or do you think she was complicate in the crime? Sound off in the comments section!
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