Woman accused of stealing from Sunglass Hut

Joshua Kellogg
Ciara Romero

FARMINGTON — A Farmington woman is accused of stealing more than $2,700 from a business in the Animas Valley Mall.

Ciara Romero, 21, was charged on Wednesday in Farmington Magistrate Court on a third-degree felony count of embezzlement, according to court records.

She is currently scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. and she had not retained legal representation as of Monday afternoon, according to court records.

Alex Johnson, the store manager at the Sunglass Hut in the mall, told a Farmington police officer on Wednesday that Romero had allegedly stolen $2,716.76 over several months, according to the probable cause statement.

Johnson declined comment on the alleged incident.

Romero allegedly conducted 15 fraudulent returns between Dec. 28 and Wednesday, according to court documents.

The money allegedly stolen in the fraudulent returns ranged in amounts between $10.75 and $334.64.

The store had been investigating Romero since December, according to court documents.

Johnson told the officer that Romero was with a regional manager and asset protection manager for the company in the food court at the mall.

Romero admitted to the alleged thefts to the store manager and regional manager before the officer arrived at the scene, according to court documents.

The regional manager told the officer that Romero was cooperative through the investigation.

Romero admitted to the officer that she committed the alleged thefts, according to court documents.

She was released on a $3,000 bond Thursday, according to court documents.

Joshua Kellogg covers crime, courts and social issues for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4627.