Natasha Marie Archuleta apparently picked the wrong convenience store to not pay at.
According to a Manteca Police Department incident report, Archuleta, 25, walked into the newly remodeled 76 Station, grabbed a bottle of water and headed for the door. The only problem was that the store had been experiencing a string of brazen thefts and the clerk unexpectedly came around to confront her and demand that she return the bottle. She refused, became combative and began swinging her bag at the clerk.
An off-duty police officer that witnessed the events detained Archuleta until police officers could arrive and take her into custody.
But this wasn’t Archuleta’s only run-in with the law – or even her only run-in with the law this month.
According to records, the 25-year-old was arrested on July 5 and has been arrested a total 11 times in the last 18 months. At least once during that span, in March of 2013, Archuleta was arrested three times in the same week, and she was later arrested twice in December – nearly all of which were property crimes.
Under realignment – California’s plan to reduce the number of inmates in correctional facilities by allowing those with shorter sentences to serve them in county jails, thus taking away the beds that would normally be available – those guilty of property crimes are often either released or sentenced to serve their time under supervised release, which was another facet of the realignment plan.
The felony charge that Archuleta is facing over the bottle of water, robbery, will stem from the fact that she used force to acquire it. She is currently being held on $250,000 bail and is expected to appear in the Manteca branch of the San Joaquin Superior Court on Wednesday.