Couple ’86’d’ from store after shoplifting
November 25, 2011
A woman who was banned from the Carson City Walmart for shoplifting was arrested Nov. 20 after she and her boyfriend allegedly walked out of the Douglas County store without paying for $52 in merchandise.
Elizabeth Santillanez, 18, pleaded guilty Wednesday to petty larceny and possession of drug paraphernalia. A charge of trespassing was dismissed.
Jordan Galloway, 18, asked for a continuance because his family had hired Reno lawyer Joey Gilbert.
Galloway and Santillanez were arrested at Walmart after store security observed the couple take DVDs to another department, remove the packaging, and conceal the items in Santillanez’s purse.
According to reports, the teens admitted they had been caught shoplifting as juveniles. Santillanez was to start supervision in Carson City on Nov. 21 for a theft-related charge.
While Santillanez and Galloway were being processed at the Douglas County Jail, deputies found what they believed to be heroin or paraphernalia on both suspects.
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East Fork Judge Tom Perkins released Santillanez to the custody of her parents as she was undergoing drug withdrawal. He ordered her back in court for review on Wednesday.
She must undergo substance abuse evaluation and treatment and abstain from drugs and alcohol.
He suspended a 180-day sentence on each charge to be served concurrently for two years, and placed her on house arrest.
She was fined $197 and ordered to pay $53 to Walmart. She must stay out of the store.
Santillanez has to obtain full-time employment or be in school and earn her graduate equivalency or high school diploma.
“I never want to touch heroin, never again,” Santillanez said. “This is the first time I’ve ever been in jail. I just want to do good. The last few days, I’ve seen my life going down hill. I want to do drug rehab.”
Lawyer Derrick Lopez said Santillanez’ family had agreed to place her in a treatment facility.
Galloway was charged with possession of a controlled substance, heroin, and conspiracy to cheat or defraud.
He allegedly acted as the lookout for Santillanez.
Perkins lowered his bail to $10,000 and set his next hearing for Wednesday.