Stealing dish scrubbers from Stripes leads to drug charges

Woman arrested by San Benito Police Department

Two woman are behind bars on several chargers after police said they went to Stripes, grabbed a box of copper scrubbers, and walked out of the store without paying for them.

Rose Marie Gallegos and Elizabeth Martinez picked up the scrubbers, walked out of the Stripes without paying for them, and drove off, according to the San Benito Police Department.

A person working at the Stripes which was shoplifted from, took down the license plate number from the car the women were driving away in, according to a press release by the San Benito Police Department.

Police spotted the vehicle matching the description given to them at another Stripes down the road from where the theft originally occurred.

The 44-year-old and 28-year-old were arrested for theft, and during a search, officers said they were intoxicated and had metal smoking pipes with them.

According to police, Gallegos had a white rock that tested positive for cocaine, while Martinez had two capsules of Xanax without a prescription.

A criminal background check on Gallegos ended up showing two local warrants out of San Benito and five out of Cameron County.

They were both charged with possession of a controlled substance, theft, public intoxication and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Gallegos was charged with failure to identify as a fugitive from justice because of the outstanding warrants.

They both appeared before Judge Yudesis in San Benito. Gallegos received a $15,000 bond, and Martinez was issued a $8,000 bond.

Both women were fined $612 for the crimes.