Carlsbad mother and daughter allegedly embezzle money and goods

Mike Smith, Carlsbad Current-Argus
Published 9:55 a.m. MT Oct. 30, 2020

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Gabriella Gauna was charged with embezzlement of money and materials from a Carlsbad home improvement store, police said. (Photo: Eddy County Detention Center)

Two Carlsbad women were charged with embezzling thousands of dollars and merchandise from Lowe’s in Carlsbad, according to Carlsbad police.

Gabriella Gauna, 23, was charged with six counts of embezzlement and Rachael Guerrero, 43, was charged with four counts of embezzlement, according to a criminal complaint filed by the Carlsbad Police Department.

Gauna and Guerrero allegedly stole $4,721 in cash, per the criminal complaint.

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According to the criminal complaint, police were called to the Lowe’s Home Improvement Center on West Pierce Street on Sept. 28 after a store manager allegedly caught Gauna scanning used receipts for refunds and giving the money to Guerrero.

The alleged crimes took place Sept. 4 through Sept. 10 and Guerrero allegedly left the store with the money and several hardware items, read the criminal complaint.

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During the investigation, Gauna allegedly told police she took the money and the merchandise to fix up the residence she lived in with Guerrero and her 4-year-old daughter, the criminal complaint indicated.

Gauna was arrested Saturday morning and booked into the Eddy County Detention Center, said Warden Billy Massingill.

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He said she was released Saturday night on an unsecured bond.

Gauna pleaded not guilty during an arraignment Monday before Eddy County Magistrate Judge D’Ann Read, read court records.

She has a pretrial conference with Eddy County Magistrate Judge Kelly Calicoat on Dec. 8, according to court records.

Guerrero was arrested Sunday morning by Carlsbad police and pleaded not guilty during a Monday arraignment before Read. She was released Monday night from the Eddy County Detention Center on an unsecured appearance bond of $5,000, per court records.

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