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Fox40 anchor resigns from station in light of theft charge

08/05/2014 10:34 AM

10/08/2014 12:15 PM

There is no denying Sabrina Rodriguez has talent.

The Fox40 anchor lists five Emmy awards on her Facebook page, and that doesn’t include two more she received at a gala ceremony June 14 in San Francisco, not far from the Bay Area home where she grew up and went to college.

Colleagues and supporters describe her as having the rare ability to fill the camera and mesmerize viewers.

“She was one of the most popular faces on Fox40 until today, and probably one of the most recognized faces in the Sacramento region,” said Doug Elmets, a high-profile communications and crisis management expert who knows Rodriguez. “I think there are a lot of people that believed Sacramento was simply a way station for a much more significant media market.”

But somewhere along the way something went terribly wrong, authorities say. Her career at KTXL-TV ended Tuesday with her resignation in the wake of felony counts charging her with being involved in a shoplifting scheme last year with her fiancé, who has been jailed on separate charges that he burned down their south Sacramento home in May while manufacturing hash oil from marijuana.

The fiancé, 30-year-old Nicholas Gray, is being held in the Sacramento County jail without bail and is described in court documents as boasting of shoplifting up to $200,000 in clothing in a two-month span. He has not entered a plea in the case. Court records indicate Gray, a marijuana dispensary worker, has a criminal history that includes convictions for burglary, resisting an officer and using force against a woman.

Rodriguez, who is out of custody on $10,000 bail, has not commented publicly on her case, but issued a statement Tuesday afternoon distancing herself from Gray.

“As of today I have severed my ties with Nick Gray,” she wrote in a statement to The Sacramento Bee. “I am now focusing on life decisions as I move forward with the support of family, friends, viewers and the community.”

Her lawyer has denied the charges, and Rodriguez earlier announced her decision Tuesday to resign on her Twitter account and her Facebook page, where her profile photo shows her posing with two Emmy statues.

“I am heartbroken to say, I have decided to resign my position at Fox40,” Rodriguez wrote. “Given the recent media attention I feel it was the best decision to make.”

Sacto 911 Staff

Bill Lindelof
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@Lindelofnews

Cathy Locke
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Andy Furillo
Superior Court
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@andyfurillo

Denny Walsh
Federal Court
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