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Posted: Tuesday, February 19, 2008 10:00 pm

The story would make a good country song: An Acampo man met a woman at a Victor bar this weekend, and they went back to his place together.

He later awoke to find that his computer, 100 CDs, credit cards and cell phone, among other items, had vanished.

Leticia Hernandez

But the next day, Sunday, he came across her at another bar - where she was trying to sell his belongings, Lodi police said.

So the country song would end on an upbeat note, with the man getting most of his property back and the woman going to jail.

There's one more twist, Sgt. Chris Jacobson said. The woman, 33-year-old Leticia Hernandez, was already in trouble with the law, and was out of jail awaiting trial on a different burglary and identity theft case.

On Tuesday, Hernandez was arraigned in court on charges of residential burglary and possession of stolen property.

Police say she and the victim met at the bar, had some drinks, and then she drove him home. At some point, he passed out.

At 1 p.m. Sunday, the man learned she was selling his belongings at Sky's Bar, 116 W. Turner Road, police said.

Hernandez left before officers arrived but Cpl. Sierra Brucia and Officer Larry Fluty found her car nearby and stopped her, Jacobson said. Inside the car, police allegedly found nearly all of the man's belongings, except the computer.

Officers somehow learned that Raymond Meraz, 27, was involved, and searched his Poplar Street home, where they found the victim's computer, Jacobson said.

Meraz was also charged Tuesday with burglary and possession of stolen property, according to court records.

Hernandez could also face a charge of committing a crime while out of jail.

On Jan. 5, she was arrested and subsequently charged with identity theft, burglary, forgery, possession of stolen property and fraud. In that case, a car was burglarized in May, but the victims didn't notice credit card fraud until months later, Jacobson said.

Hernandez was released from the San Joaquin County Jail on that case, due to a statewide court order that limits crowding in jails.

Contact reporter Layla Bohm at layla@lodinews.com.

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  • posted at 3:54 am on Fri, Feb 22, 2008.


    Put out bait for a snake and that's what ya get.

  • posted at 3:53 am on Fri, Feb 22, 2008.


    Former Lodi Resident: In what town or state do you live now? Just curious.

  • posted at 9:22 am on Thu, Feb 21, 2008.


    MRS S as the song says the girls all get prettier at closing time. LOL

  • posted at 3:24 am on Thu, Feb 21, 2008.


    Wow! I'm suprised the LPD handled this case. When my place was robbed 4 times in 2 months, my son found out who was selling our stuff. I called the police and they blew me off. I am glad I moved out of Lodi.

  • posted at 4:39 pm on Wed, Feb 20, 2008.


    Hummm ! wonder if she is related to the couple that was writing checks and got arrested then let go and caught again. Why do we have so many repeat offenders wasting our tax dollars? Lodi PD could be doing their job if we took care of these thugs the first time!;-)

  • posted at 3:43 pm on Wed, Feb 20, 2008.


    OTH said,

    " Well T&C if a man wasn't stupid enough to pick up a bar fly he wouldn't have to worry. Who do you think hangs out in bars Angelina Jolie, Halle Barry, Nicole Kidman?"

    Give some guys enough beers, and that's exactly what they think! LOL

    I'm glad this guy wasn't hurt. Stuff can be replaced; lives can't. I hope he learned his lesson.

  • posted at 7:17 am on Wed, Feb 20, 2008.


    who knows... maybe she did leave him something that his doctor will discover when he starts having 'man' problems! yep, you reap what you sow... there should be notices posted in bars "Buyer Beware" like OTH said. you have to really be stupid to take home a complete stranger. and buying a few drinks and a little conversation doesn't make that person your new best friend. yep, he's lucky thats all she took.

  • posted at 3:39 am on Wed, Feb 20, 2008.



  • posted at 3:18 am on Wed, Feb 20, 2008.


    I'm with OTR... What she did was not right by any means, but this man was a horndog who thought he was going to get lucky. A manwhore is no different than a woman one... Glad he got his stuff back but maybe next time he won't be so quick to jump when *it* is offered to him.

  • posted at 2:10 am on Wed, Feb 20, 2008.


    Well T&C if a man wasn't stupid enough to pick up a bar fly he wouldn't have to worry. Who do you think hangs out in bars Angelina Jolie, Halle Barry, Nicole Kidman? Get a grip. He was thinking of one thing when he took her home and it almost cost him. I'm not saying by any means what she did was right but if you take somebody home from a bar it's buyer beware. He could have lost his life.

  • posted at 2:04 am on Wed, Feb 20, 2008.


    There are many a woman in Lodi that will have no mercy stealing EVERYTHING a guy has at his place and I am talking about those "bar flies" at the Star Bar that mooch all the smokes and beer they can drink! There are those gals that are nice and those who prey and have no guilt! It's all about THEM, THEM,THEM!Throw the key to her cell away!



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