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Ex-Fox40 anchor Sabrina Rodriguez due back in court in shoplifting case

Former Fox 40 anchor Sabrina Rodriguez is shown making her first appearance in court with attorney Mark Reichel to face shoplifting charges on Aug. 28, 2014.
Former Fox 40 anchor Sabrina Rodriguez is shown making her first appearance in court with attorney Mark Reichel to face shoplifting charges on Aug. 28, 2014. hamezcua@sacbee.com

Sabrina Rodriguez, the former Fox40 anchor accused in a shoplifting case along with her ex-boyfriend, is due back in Sacramento Superior Court Friday morning for a hearing that may resolve the legal case against her.

A preliminary hearing in the case is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. on three felony charges against the 31-year-old Emmy-award winning broadcast journalist, who resigned from her job at the station in August after the charges were filed.

She has been out of custody on $10,000 bail since the filing of the charges, which allege that she was involved in a shoplifting scheme with her ex-fiance, Nicholas Gray. Gray, 31, has been held at the Sacramento County Jail without bail since his July 31 arrest on shoplifting, drug and other charges.

Gray is scheduled to appear in the same courtroom today for a hearing in his case, which includes allegations that he boasted of shoplifting up to $200,000 in clothing in a two-month span.

Gray also faces charges of drug possession and manufacture, as well as causing a blaze and explosion at the couple’s south Sacramento home that allegedly was sparked by his efforts to manufacture hash oil from marijuana.

Rodriguez split from Gray shortly after the case was filed.

The charges stem from a March 2013 shopping trip to the Folsom Outlets, where the couple spent some time at the Coach store.

Court records indicate another shopper saw Gray stuff several wallets into a bag and walk out without paying for them. Gray left the area in Rodriguez’s car, but she was detained and questioned. She denied knowing anything about a theft, court records state. Employees later determined that 10 wallets worth $2,484 were missing, according to documents filed in court.

Call The Bee’s Sam Stanton, (916) 321-1091.

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