Christina Lynn Rivas

California, MD—On March 5, St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Austin Schultz responded to the Lowes located at Worth Avenue in California for the reported theft.

When Schultz arrived on the scene, he made contact with the loss prevention officer. Schultz reported in court documents that “While reviewing returns, she [loss prevention officer] noticed the return made by ‘Lisa Maria Dale,’ later identified as the defendant, Christina Lynn Rivas, 42 of Hollywood. Due to the items returned without a receipt and amount of the returned, the loss prevention officer found this to be suspicious,” according to charging documents.

The loss prevention officer reviewed surveillance of Rivas’ return. On store surveillance, Rivas is seen entering the store with an empty shopping cart. Rivas then traverses the store, placing various items in her shopping cart before going to the return desk.

According to charging documents, “Rivas then provides the store employee with the Maryland Identification card of Lisa Maria Dale and returns the items which she received a gift card of $446.52.

Contact was made with Lisa Maria Dale, who provided Schultz with the defendant’s name. Based on the defendant’s Maryland Driver’s License Photo, Schultz was able to identify her as the same individual observed on store surveillance.

Rivas was charged with theft less than $1,000, displaying a government identification document issued, and receiving a credit card unlawfully.

Rivas has a hearing scheduled for June 2 in District Court. Rivas faces a maximum jail sentence of three years and six months and/or a maximum fine of $1,500.

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