Woman arrested in Salem with 21 cans of crab meat, steaks worth hundreds of dollars
By JAMES A. KIMBLE Union Leader Correspondent
SALEM – Police arrested a 39-year old Massachusetts woman and charged her with stealing $470 worth of crab meat from a local Shaw's supermarket, a crime they say she is suspected of pulling off before.
Marissa Rodriguez, of Lawrence, Mass., was charged with receiving stolen property, two counts of willful concealment and identity fraud for allegedly taking hundreds of dollars worth of food from Shaw's and Walmart on Friday, police said.
Rodriguez was found with 21 cans of crabmeat from a Shaw's supermarket on Route 28 in Salem, but police found $198 worth of steaks and clothing taken from a Walmart inside her car as well, according to police.
Police believe Rodriguez had stolen the food and clothing at the Walmart store, also located on Route 28, just prior to her arrest. Police were called to Shaw's around 2:30 p.m. Friday to detain Rodriguez, where she was found in possession with the cans of crab meat.
She is suspected of carrying out several prior thefts of crab meat at the same supermarket, police said.
Officers also found in Rodriguez's car a Massachusetts Electronic Benefits Transfer card, two bank cards, a health card, and a fake photo identification card from the Dominican Republic.
All of the cards had an alias with the name "Rosanna Guerrero,"? police said.
Police believe Rodriguez was using the Guerrero name as an alias on the various bank and benefit cards. Deputy police chief Shawn Patten said it is unknown whether Rodriguez was receiving state benefits in Massachusetts under the false name.
Rodriguez was held on $3,000 cash bail pending her arraignment in 10th Circuit Court, Salem District Division.
The identity fraud charge is a class A felony, punishable by 7 ½ to 15 years in state prison. The receiving stolen property charge carries a similar sentence. The remaining charges are misdemeanors. email@example.com