OAKLAND (KCBS) –Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi is set to return to court early next year to face charges that she shoplifted clothing from a San Francisco department store.

A judge on Tuesday scheduled a preliminary hearing for Dec. 7. That’s when prosecutors will have to prove they have enough evidence to hold a trial.

The Democratic lawmaker from Castro Valley faces a felony shoplifting charge for allegedly stealing leather pants and two other items worth about $2,500 from a Neiman Marcus store on Oct. 25.

KCBS’ Bob Melrose Reports:

Hayashi has pleaded not guilty. She said she was on her cellphone and inadvertently walked outside with the merchandise.

Prosecutors allege she entered the store with an empty shopping bag and concealed the items while in a dressing room.

Hayashi is married to Alameda County Superior Court Judge Dennis Hayashi.

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Comments (4)
  1. athenia says:

    Most of us know that security guards, are of low intelligence, immature bullys, social misfits, and dysfunctionals! I hope they fire the guy! perhaps the guy was a GOP/teabagger!

  2. Michael Greenlee says:

    I think he did his job and did it well. I think he should get a raise. The assemblywomen can give her excuse to the judge.

  3. tn says:

    Not to pre-judge, but unless she often or normally shops and spends $2000-$3000 at a department store, everyone would be aware that they were carrying something out the door for something they didn’t pay for. But she has juice and won’t be tried for it. “It was all a misunderstanding” will be the public message as she calls in one of her markers.

  4. Reality Check says:

    Maybe she was trying to earn some street cred with Congress. Since so many of them are convicted criminals.

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