Three woman arrested March 26 by Los Alamos police and charged with shoplifting are slated for preliminary hearings Friday before Los Alamos Magistrate Judge Pat Casados.
Angelic Gallegos, 43, of Pagosa Springs, Colo., Cynthia Lopez, 45, of Cordova and Bridgid Martinez, 36, of San Juan Pueblo were allegedly observed by Smith’s Marketplace loss prevention personnel placing various items in reusable bags.
Gallegos also was charged with concealing her identity after she gave police someone else’s name and her son’s social security number. Martinez also was served with an arrest order from Adult Probation and Parole for violating her probation.
Court documents indicate that store staff became suspicious when they noticed the women taking a lot of beauty products, walking to a different aisle, separating the items and placing them in the reusable bags.
A review of store surveillance video confirmed the staff reports and showed all three women working together to gather the items and place them in the bags. When approached by LAPD Cpl. Emmanuel Rodriguez outside the store, Martinez and Lopez both claimed to have forgotten their debit cards and that that’s why they had left the cart inside the store.