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Tucson TV Anchor Suspected of Shoplifting, Resigns

A former anchor of Tucson news station KVOA-TV faces one count of shoplifting after authorities accused her of stealing a jacket and earrings from Dillard’s over the weekend, reports the Arizona Daily Star.

Martha Vazquez, an almost-30-year veteran anchor at the station, was allegedly caught stealing a $338 jacket from the Tucson Mall store by a loss prevention officer. The officer also reportedly found a $30 pair of earrings in the jacket as well.

Vazquez now faces one count of shoplifting, which is a misdemeanor offense. The severity of the offense depends on the value of the shoplifted items. If the property was worth more than two thousand dollars or more, the offense would be a class 5 felony. Shoplifting property that is worth less than one thousand dollars is a class 1 misdemeanor. Those convicted of a class 1 misdemeanor face a maximum of six months in jail.

A person must knowingly conceal the property or use a device to facilitate the act in order to have the requisite mental state to be accused of the crime. This means that if you accidentally wear a pair of earrings out of the store, you may not be guilty of the crime.

Vazquez, however, reportedly told police that, although she didn't intend to steal the items at first, "I did and I have no excuses for it," according to the Daily Star.

In addition to potentially facing jail time, Vazquez's alleged actions have put her career in jeopardy. She resigned from her position on Monday at KVOA on Monday. She has been working in the broadcasting business since 1977 and was considered a trailblazer in local broadcasting, according to the Daily Star.

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