Update On Bealls Shoplifting Case

Staff Report

A statewide warrant has been issued for 23-year-old Ashley Alexanda Garcia of Hernandez, on charges of shoplifting, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, and duty to give information and render aid, in connection with an incident Thursday, March 9 at Bealls Department Store at 610 Trinity Dr.

LAPD Sgt. Daniel Roberts and Cpl. Ben Henrichs responded to Bealls after two women reportedly fled the area in a silver four-door Volvo after striking a pedestrian with their vehicle to leave the area.

Det. Joseph Robinson later identified Garcia as one of the suspects but the identity of the second woman is still being sought by LAPD and a $100 reward is being offered to anyone who can provide her name. In addition, a $50 reward to anyone who knows the whereabouts of Garcia.

The Los Alamos Daily Post observed Garcia and another woman in the Los Magistrate Courtroom Thursday where she was slated for preliminary examination before Judge Pat Casados. While court was in recess, she expressed concern that she was due at an appointment in Espanola at 11:20 a.m. in relation to previous charge. As court proceedings were running behind, her defense attorney Michael Jones advised her to leave court and go to the Espanola appointment. Her preliminary hearing was rescheduled for May 4.

Thursday’s court appearance involved another shoplifting incident, this time at Smith’s Marketplace, which occurred in June 2016. A request for an arrest warrant from that incident states that Garcia and Anthony Montoya placed an empty baby carrier in their shopping cart and loaded it with $675.25 worth of items including food and girls’ clothing. As they allegedly attempted to leave the store without paying, a store manager approached them and grabbed the cart but Garcia and Montoya grabbed the items from underneath the baby carrier and the baby carrier itself. The manager reported seeing Garcia and Montoya placing the baby carrier in the trunk of a car in the parking lot.

Anyone with information can call Los Alamos Crime Stoppers at 505.662.8282. Reporting individuals can remain anonymous.