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Emmy-winning Fox40 reporter Sabrina Rodriguez arrested for shoplifting, resigns, splits with fiance

How Competing Stations Are Covering Award-Winning Journalist's Arrest

An Emmy Award-winning Sacramento journalist Sabrina Rodriguez was arrested for something she's reported about before ... shoplifting. And competing local news stations are having a field day.

And they've been digging extra deep into the story, probably looking for gold -- or ammo, that is.

As for KTXL, the station the reporter worked for, it only posted a short piece about the incident and didn't go into much detail.

Although the local stations might have been blown up the story a bit, it is getting national attention. Here's what happened: KTXL reporter Sabrina Rodriguez turned herself in Thursday after a warrant was issued for her arrest for grand theft, burglary and conspiracy in a shoplifting incident that took place in 2013 -- which means she's facing felony charges.

According to local stations, police say she helped steal $2,500 worth of merchandise from a Coach outlet store, and an employee recently recognized her as a local TV reporter. Rodriguez made bail and has been released. The man police say acted as her accomplice -- her former fiancé Nicholas Gray -- was also arrested and faces additional unrelated charges.

Rodriguez made bail and has been released. The man police say acted as her accomplice -- her former fiancé Nicholas Gray -- was also arrested and faces additional unrelated charges.

According to KOVR, he's behind bars for charges of arson, battery, manufacturing meth and possession of marijuana.

And Rodriguez's attorney says Rodriguez wouldn't even be in this mess if she had made better choices when it comes to relationships. From KXTV: "There's no doubt in my mind that Miss Rodriguez, with her stellar career and her tremendous life choices that she's made up until that point, would not be in this type of trouble had she not been associated with this individual."

Rodriguez's public relations consultant says Rodriguez has recently severed her ties with Gray.

And according to the short story KTXL reported about Rodriguez, she resigned Tuesday. She announced her resignation on Facebook:
"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 says she is innocent. She will be arraigned Aug. 29 in the Sacramento County Superior Court.

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anandaone August 07 2014 at 6:39 AM

"... Rodriguez wouldn't even be in this mess if she had made better choices when it comes to relationships."

The old "hanging with the wrong crowd" excuse, huh? Come on. Personal responsibility is a virtue.

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kcarthey August 07 2014 at 7:04 AM

Given the proven criminals Fox features such as Ollie North, why didn't the network promote her? She fits well within their cast and they could have brought her boyfriend on board as well.

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Curtis Louie August 07 2014 at 6:20 AM

I suppose every criminal in prison would not be there if they made better choices.

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keithj77441 August 07 2014 at 6:29 AM

Now she can get obamacare for free

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classickbass August 07 2014 at 6:03 AM

"Let he who is without sin cast the first stone".

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vinkbear August 07 2014 at 7:14 AM

I suppose a standing requirement for working for Fox is that you have to be really stupid. Most of the guests on Fox seem to not realize that they are on camera and say really dumb things that come back later to bite them. Most of the hosts too. Now it's filtering down to the reporters. Did she not think that someone would recognize her the first time she went on the air after her crime spree? Dumb, dumb, dumb.

As far as life choices, yes, she made some bad ones, the worst being employed by Fox.

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lightyrs1 August 07 2014 at 7:43 AM

Maybe she felt the Coach store should spread the wealth around?

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cae303 August 07 2014 at 10:09 AM

Fox news brings out liberal outrage. Illegal behavior is more about charater and honesty. Scandals in DC by the Obama and administration do not seem to excite the left. Anyyone who breaks the law should be prosecuted accordingly.

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dollibug August 07 2014 at 6:46 AM

She said she is innocent but she resigned.....really??????

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packers600 August 07 2014 at 7:40 AM

"We pilfer, you decide"

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AOL is the Worst packers600 August 07 2014 at 11:12 AM

once a bandito, always a bandito..
never forget that.

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rphill2719 AOL is the Worst August 07 2014 at 3:13 PM

You must be speaking from experience.

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roseyoungstewart packers600 August 07 2014 at 6:56 PM

i remember a long time ago a former Miss America by the name of Bess Myerson a much admired woman too... on tv all the time...she shoplifted & after that it was all downhill. No one ever forgot.

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