ALHAMBRA (CBSLA.com) — A woman caught on camera allegedly trying to steal packages from outside an Alhambra home was charged Tuesday with burglary and theft.
Rianna Adrienne Medina of Montebello cried as she pleaded not guilty to three charges of second-degree commercial burglary, identity theft and grand theft of personal property.
The 20-year-old's bail was set at $90,000.
Medina was arrested Friday at a motel in Rosemead, thanks to tips, social media messages and "old-fashioned police work," according to the Alhambra Police Department.
The owner of the packages came home around 4:30 p.m. last Tuesday when he saw Medina approaching the front of his house and picking up two packages that had been delivered and left near the front door, according to police. The homeowner started recording as he confronted her.
She allegedly tried to convince him that her mother lived at the house and the packages belonged to her. When he told her he was going to call the police, she abruptly dropped the boxes, stormed off and gave him the finger as she walked away, he said.
Prosecutors said Medina checked into a motel in Rosemead Thursday, using another person's identification. She was arrested the next day.
If convicted, she faces up to four years in prison.
According to the District Attorney's Office, she was arrested on a different charge in 2011, failed to show up in court and was picked up on a warrant.
Because of her history, the judge raised her bail from $25,000 to $90,000.
Even though the defendant did not steal the packages, she showed intent, according to prosecutors.
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