A local Emmy-award-winning news anchor is facing grand theft, burglary and conspiracy charges, according to court records filed in Sacramento Superior Court.
Channel 40 (KTXL) anchor Sabrina Rodriguez turned herself in to authorities Thursday. She is accused of stealing $2,500 worth of wallets at the Folsom Coach outlet store in 2013. She was released on $10,000 bail and is to appear in court on Aug. 29.
Folsom police spokesman Sgt. Jason Browning said in an email Saturday that Rodriguez was detained at the time of the incident but that further investigation was needed. He said an arrest warrant was issued after the District Attorney’s Office reviewed the case.
Mark Reichel, Rodriguez’s attorney, denied the allegations and asked the public to keep an open mind.
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“I’ve heard her version,” Reichel said. “I have no doubt that she is completely innocent.”
KTXL, a Fox affiliate owned by Tribune Company, said in a written statement, “These charges relate to a personal situation with Ms. Rodriguez that is not related to her work at Fox 40 ... She has been granted a voluntary leave of absence from the station.”
Rodriguez was promoted in 2013 to the station’s morning lineup. She joined Channel 40 in 2011 as a multimedia journalist. She previously worked as a weekend anchor and reporter in Bakersfield.
Reichel declined to make Rodriguez available for an interview.