Wanted Woman Arrested For Shoplifting At Fresno Hardware Store

Pedro Salmeron is wanted in connection to the thefts of cash, passports.

A woman who police say is wanted in connection to the theft of cash and passports from a tourist couple was arrested Thursday after she was caught shoplifting from a hardware store.

Valerie Montanez, 26, was arrested at a northeast Fresno Home Depot.{}

The arresting officer discovered that Montanez was also wanted for stealing $10,000 in cash and the passports of from an unattended backpack belonging to Ma and Xin Fei Ming who were visiting America to give birth to their first child.

Montanez's boyfriend, Pedro Salmeron, is also wanted in connection to the thefts. Salmeron is still considered at large, police said

Montanez was booked into the Fresno County Jail for grand theft.

Anyone with information regarding Salmeron's whereabouts is asked to call 621-6308 or anonymous tipster line Crime Stoppers at 621-STOP (7867). A $1,000 reward is offered to anyone with information leading to an arrest.