A woman allegedly stole an alternator from O’Reilly’s Auto Parts on Southern Blvd.
Dispatch received a call on Sept. 7 from O’Reilly’s Auto Parts staff.
According to the criminal complaint filed by Rio Rancho Police Department, the woman was in line to pay and when got to the counter, she put down a hundred dollar bill and ran away with the alternator. The alternator’s price was $319.99.
The staff said she left in a White Crown Victoria.
After speaking with O’Reilly’s staff, the officer found the warranty phone number for the part. The cell number belonged to a Chelsea Hart.
Officers searched the area for Hart, but were not able to find her. Police records showed that Hart had a history with RRPD.
The complaint said she was issued a criminal summons for shoplifting the alternator.
According to New Mexico Law, Hart will be held liable for the stolen item and any attorney’s fees. The store however, will not be able to recover the value of the stolen item.