‘Poppin’ tags’ earns suspended sentence
February 6, 2014
A 28-year-old Carson City woman was ordered Wednesday to stay out of Target and repay $772 owed to the store after she and her sister switched price tags.
Lorena Cruz-Garcia pleaded guilty to theft, and was sentenced to a 60-day sentence, suspended for one year.
Her sister, who was a Target employee, is being adjudicated in juvenile court.
According to reports, the 17-year-old said Garcia-Cruz told her which items to mark down.
They ranged from clothing and jewelry to yogurt and a Christmas tree along with multiple toys and other food items.
The discrepancies were noticed by a review of transactions that revealed what managers said was an excessive amount of price changes more than 50 percent off the regular price.
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The prices were adjusted over several days in December, according to reports.
East Fork Justice Tom Perkins told Cruz-Garcia if she violated the law, or went into Target while on suspended sentence, she faced two months in jail.
■ A hearing is set Feb. 11 in district court to seek the release of funds for an evaluation of a Topaz Ranch Estates woman accused of absconding with her children in violation of a custody order.
Attorney Kris Brown requested a conditional waiver of a preliminary hearing for Kathryn Moore, 44.
Moore is charged with child concealment or removal after she failed to bring her 5-year-old daughter and 2-year-old son for a court-ordered visitation with their father in November.
Moore and the children were found safe in January at a relative's home in Colville, Wash., after a nationwide warrant was issued for child concealment.
The children have been returned to their father.
On Wednesday, Brown requested the waiver so she could seek funding from district court for a psychological evaluation and risk assessment of her client.
Moore is in Douglas County Jail on $25,000 bail.
■ A preliminary hearing for an 81-year-old man accused of murder has been delayed a second time, until March 7.
East Fork Justice Tom Perkins agreed to the delay requested by both sides to obtain DNA results prior to the hearing.
Originally, Melvin Oneal Norlund was set for preliminary hearing in December.
The purpose of the hearing is to determine if the crime occurred and Norlund most likely committed it. It does not determine guilt or innocence.
Norlund is in Douglas County Jail on $1 million bail, charged with open murder with use of a deadly weapon.
He is accused of shooting 51-year-old Catherine Mary Costanza with a shotgun on Nov. 21, 2013, at his Fish Springs residence.
Costanza, of Concord, Calif., was the suspect's caregiver, according to reports.
Norlund said the shooting was accidental, that it occurred when they struggled with the shotgun.
He reportedly told investigators he "grew tired of arguing" with Costanza and threatened to shoot her dog.