Deming woman tried running down mall security officer www.privateofficer.com
LAS CRUCES NM Aug 11 2010 – A Deming woman arrested last year for felony shoplifting was caught once again Sunday – after nearly crashing into a mall security guard as she fled the scene.
Guadalupe Verdugo-Duarte, 48, was charged with one felony count of shoplifting and one count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and additional charges are possible, according to a Tuesday news release.
Las Cruces police were called to the Mesilla Valley mall shortly after 1:30 p.m. Sunday after a J.C. Penney security guard tried stopping a woman who was allegedly seen shoplifting from the store. After Verdugo-Duarte allegedly fled the scene, nearly striking the guard, an officer spotted the vehicle as it neared the Border Patrol checkpoint on Interstate 10 westbound and detained Verdugo-Duarte.
In the car were numerous items of clothing and the woman’s 15-year-old daughter, who has not been charged with any crime. Detectives believe Verdugo-Duarte regularly travels to Las Cruces on weekends where she steals merchandise from stores and later earns money by selling the items in Deming.
Verdugo-Duarte was arrested Sept. 13, 2009 by Las Cruces police after Kohl’s department store employees witnessed her removing more than $500 in merchandise from the store at 2500 N. Triviz Dr. As in Sunday’s case, the woman had brought her daughter with her. Detectives in 2009 found 80 articles of clothing, plus several bottles of perfumes and beauty products from various stores in Las Cruces, all without proof of purchase.
The woman was jailed Sunday at the Dona Ana County Detention Center with bond set at $10,000
Source:Las Cruces Sun Daily