Lottery winner guilty of attempted shoplifting
SALEM, N.H. — A Tewksbury, Massachusetts, lady used to be discovered guilty Wednesday of making an attempt to thieve $80 price of lipstick from a Kohl’s division retailer two months after profitable $1 million on a scratch price ticket.
Judge Robert Stephen ordered Yokatia Rodriguez, 40, to pay a $2,00zero effective and serve 30 days in Rockingham County Jail if she isn’t on excellent habits for the following 12 months. Half of the effective and all of the prison sentence will probably be disregarded if she does not get arrested once more, he defined.
According to court docket paperwork, Rodriguez used to be stopped by way of Kohl’s loss prevention officer Michael Frawley on Dec. 21, 2016.
Frawley informed investigators that he watched Rodriguez over video surveillance as she attempted to depart the Cluff Crossing retailer with out paying for some of the pieces in her buying groceries cart. She used to be accompanied by way of her 14-year-old son.
A receipt submitted as proof presentations that Rodriguez paid for $519.66 price of products that day, however no longer the 5 lipsticks.
Her lawyer, Patrick Arnold, stated Rodriguez is medicated for ADHD (consideration deficit/hyperactivity dysfunction), which will nonetheless result in “concentration challenges.”
Rodriguez stated at the stand that she “absolutely did not try to steal.”
“It was four days before Christmas,” she stated, “It was hectic. I was there shopping for my kids.”
Frawley defined to the court docket that he had an eye fixed at the cosmetics segment of the shop as a result of it is “our highest loss area.”
“It’s expensive and there aren’t coupons for it,” he stated. “We lost about $15,000 in that one department alone last year.”
He persisted to look at as Rodriguez and her teenage son approached a money sign up. The boy gave the impression to develop into wired when it got here time to pay, Frawley stated.
“He seemed extremely nervous all of a sudden,” in line with the Kohl’s worker. “He was pacing around and putting his hands up around his neck.”
Frawley and Rodriguez each testified that throughout a dialog within the loss prevention place of work, Rodriguez admitted to telling her son to position issues onto the counter to pay.
“(The boy) reacted by shaking his head back and forth,” Frawley stated.
According to Rodriguez, dialog was heated.
“He Googled my name and saw that I had just won $1 million,” Rodriguez stated.
He used to be “in my face,” she stated, and “yelling at me like I was no one.”
“He was falsely accusing me,” she stated. “He was irrational, screaming, yelling. The only thing he didn’t do is hit me.”
Rodriguez stated she presented to pay for the goods when first wondered about them.
Prosecutor Jason Grosky countered that Rodriguez performed an lively function within the escalated argument, to which she admitted, “I became who I am not. I had been living a dream, where I had money in the bank.”
Judge Stephen, regardless of listening to about how Rodriguez cleared $650,00zero in lottery winnings, stated he gave that no attention throughout sentencing.
“You put a 14-year-old in an awful position. Not only did it send the wrong (parenting) message,” he stated. “But then at the first opportunity to explain this, you blamed him. It was a very poor choice on your part. Jail is reasonable for that.”
Arnold didn’t straight away remark whether or not or no longer he’ll document an attraction in Superior Court.
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