PD: Woman with 4-year-old caught in theft at Scottsdale Nordstrom

Posted at 12:29 PM, Dec 13, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-13 15:04:24-05

A woman who had her 4-year-old daughter with her was arrested after returning to a Scottsdale Nordstrom store, Scottsdale police said.

Scottsdale police report that on December 1, a woman, later identified as 35-year-old Maria Cristina Lopez Guerrero, went to the Nordstrom near Scottsdale and Camelback roads where she used a fake credit card to purchase $7,100 worth of products. 

The bank alerted the store to the fraudulent purchase but not before Guerrero left the store. 

Five days later, police say, Guerrero returned to the store and was spotted by the same cashier who assisted her before. Loss prevention officers watched as she tried to use the fake card to purchase more items, according to police.

Police said she also removed an item from a mannequin and concealed it. She even exchanged products from the first theft for a gift card, which she used to buy a watch, police said.

Guerrero was detained outside of the store where police say they found stolen merchandise, three fake credit cards and a paper containing a stolen credit card number in her purse. 

The total value of the products Guerrero allegedly stole was over $8,700. At the time of her arrest, Guerrero was with her 4-year-old daughter

Police say she was convicted in 2015 for similar crimes and was released from probation just two days before the first theft. 

She has now been charged with multiple counts of theft and forgery.