New Mexico women busted for retail theft/fraudulent schemes

Woman says she is addicted to stealing

“I can’t even drive past a Walmart without wanting to go inside and do it.”

– Dolores Marie Fierro

By Jon Johnson

SAFFORD – Two New Mexico women were arrested on Nov. 16 after employees recognized one of them from a previous theft from Walmart. After an investigation, the store associate and police officer learned the women had stolen more than $1,500 worth of goods in two separate incidents by switching price tags, and by using receipts from stores in Texas and New Mexico, or simply walking out with unpaid merchandise.

Dolores Marie Fierro was arrested and booked into the Graham County Adult Detention Facility on two counts of shoplifting, two counts of organized retail theft, and fraudulent schemes. Her partner, Ismelda T. Dominguez, was arrested on two counts of shoplifting, fraudulent schemes, possession of drug paraphernalia, and unlawful use of food stamps since she used an EBT card to purchase items that had the UPC codes switched.

Contributed Photo/Courtesy GCSO: Dolores Marie Fierro

According to a police report, the women were spotted by a Walmart employee in the parking lot. Upon inspection of their vehicle, numerous stolen goods, including a Roomba automated vacuum, Bose soundbar, printer, easy press machine, and more totaling $1,228.47 that were reportedly stolen by Fierro. The employee also advised that Fierro had stolen $451.35 in Lego sets, a doll, and a toy plane on Oct. 26.

For her part, Dominguez allegedly admitted to replacing the items’ tags and using her EBT card to purchase what came up as food items but were really something else. A meth pipe was found during the search of the vehicle, and Dominguez allegedly admitted it was hers and that she used it to smoke meth.

Fierro allegedly admitted to attempting to make a fraudulent return of items she didn’t pay for and said she was addicted to stealing, especially from Walmart. She says she doesn’t do it for the money but rather just the thrill.

“I can’t even drive past a Walmart without wanting to go inside and do it,” she allegedly told the officer.

After reviewing store surveillance footage, Fierro was taken to jail and Dominguez was cited and released.