Lorena Tavera, the 21-year-old former Miss El Paso, apparently likes mid price-point clothes but doesn’t want to pay for them, as she was arrested after police say she attempted to steal a $69 blouse from a Dillard’s department store this past Friday.
According to workers at the store located in the Sunland Park Mall in El Paso, Texas, Tavera, who won her beauty pageant crown back in 2008, allegedly took the shirt and hid it in shopping bag before walking out without paying for it.
Once she was outside of the building, store employees confronted and detained Tavera and then waited for the police to arrive.
In addition to the theft over $50/under $500 charge that Lorena faces, the El Paso Times reported that she also has two outstanding traffic warrants.
El Paso County Jail records show Tavera was booked early Saturday and released Saturday afternoon after posting $300 bond.
The former Miss El Paso’s recent incident isn’t the first time that a beauty pageant winner was arrested by Texas town’s police.
In April 2009, they arrested Raelene Aguilar, Miss New Mexico USA 2008, in Downtown El Paso on a drunken driving charge.
That charge was dropped eight months later because of insufficient evidence.