Woman pleads not guilty after allegedly stealing over $17k worth of items from a home
IDAHO FALLS – A woman who was charged with allegedly stealing thousands of dollars worth of items from a local home has pleaded not guilty to all charges.
Catherine Hernandez, 40, appeared in court on Tuesday, where she entered her plea for two counts of felony grand theft.
In June, a man told police that he and his mother were removed from their home due to being served a civil protection order.
The petitioner in the order, identified as Hernandez, was allowed to stay in the home by herself. When the man and his mother returned to the home later in the month, they discovered that Hernandez had “stolen several of their items,” according to court documents.
According to the police report, Hernandez reportedly stole eight pieces of 14-karat jewelry, a 14-karat gold San Francisco 49ers helmet, a 10-karat gold hollow football pendant, a passport, a notebook containing passwords, the title to a Harley Davidson motorcycle, the title and keys to two trucks, a house title, an Alexa Echo, many items of clothing, security cameras, thousands of dollars worth of ammunition and other miscellaneous items.
The total cost of the reportedly stolen items is $17,180.
The man and his mother gave officers Hernandez’s phone number, and police spoke with her briefly, but after she was told they were police, she hung up and refused to answer any more calls.
A warrant was issued for her arrest on Aug. 9. She was eventually found and booked into the Bonneville County Jail, where her bond was set at $15,000. She was ultimately released to pre-trial services.
Though Hernandez has been charged with these crimes, it does not necessarily mean she committed them. Everyone is presumed innocent until they are proven guilty.
Hernandez is scheduled for a jury trial on Dec. 12. If convicted, she could face up to 28 years in prison.