Sabrina Rodriguez turned in her work as an anchor for FOX 40 in Sacramento for a high-profile theft ring that netted thousands of dollars, police claim.
This week a rival television station obtained court documents that showed Sabrina and her fiance Nicholas Gray conspired to steal expensive goods. Rodriguez was arrested last week, and on Tuesday announced that she had resigned her position at the station.
“I am heartbroken to say I’ve resigned my position at Fox40,” Rodriguez posted on her Facebook page. “Given the recent media attention I feel it was the best decision to make.”
Later, Sabrina Rodriguez announced a second statement saying she had split with her fiance.
“As of today I have severed my ties with Nick Gray,” she said in a message issued through a public relations consultant. “I am now focusing on life decisions as I move forward with the support of family, friends, viewers and the community.”
Prosecutors claims that Sabrina Rodriguez drove Gray to San Francisco in 2013 to sell stolen goods. Investigators also uncovered a slew of text messages referring to their theft plans.
CBS Sacramento noted:
“I got 8 $350 cashmere sweaters plus skirt I got rent,” Gray texted Rodriguez in February 2013, according to court documents.
On March 13, 2013, prosecutors said Gray again texted Rodriguez: “Outta Vacaville [a city in California]. So easy. BCBG re arranged the store. So I got 100 dlr purses.”
“Awesome. I love when a plan comes together,” Rodriguez texts back, according to the documents.
Investigators also have an audio recording in which “Gray boasts he has stolen up to $200,000 worth of clothing within the last two months of the recording. He states that while going to San Francisco to get his methadone he steals from places like BCBG.”
As CBS Sacramento found, Sabrina Rodriguez may have come across the plans through her job. In 2012 she did a story for FOX 40 that uncovered secrets of shoplifters. For the story she interviewed an anonymous shoplifter who showed of expensive merchandise he reportedly stole.
Sabrina Rodriguez has maintained her innocence and vows to fight the charges.