A 20-year-old woman who allegedly tried to steal packages from an Alhambra porch — only to be caught on video by the homeowner who saw her trying to walk away with the boxes — was charged Tuesday with burglary and theft.
Rianna Adrienne Medina, of Montebello, pleaded not guilty at her arraignment to charges of second-degree commercial burglary, identity theft and grand theft of personal property.
She is due back in court June 3, when a date will be set for a hearing to determine if there is enough evidence for her to stand trial.
Medina was arrested about 1 p.m. Friday at a motel in Rosemead, the result of tips and social media messages and “old-fashioned police work,” according to the Alhambra Police Department.
“On Tuesday, May 10, 2016, at approximately 4:40 p.m., a homeowner in the southeast portion of Alhambra had just arrived home when he saw a woman approach the front of his house,” according to police.
“The female suspect picked up two packages that had been delivered and left near the front door. The homeowner exited his car and started recording the suspect with his cellphone.
“The homeowner confronted the suspect, who tried to convince the man that her mother lived at the house and the packages were hers. When the homeowner threatened to call the police the suspect dropped the packages and fled on foot,” according to police.
Prosecutors said Medina checked into the Rosemead hotel using another person’s identification.
She faces a maximum sentence of four years and four months in prison, according to the District Attorney’s Office.
— Wire reports