ELLSWORTH, Maine — A WalMart employee and her boyfriend have been charged with stealing more than $3,000 worth of merchandise from the department store over the past year.
Stephanie Lockhart, 21, and Kevin Guptill, 24, were both charged with Class C theft in connection with the incidents. A Class C crime is punishable by up to five years in prison.
Lockhart was issued a summons to appear in court, while Guptill was arrested on a probation hold at the request of his probation officer.
According to Officer Rick Roberts of the Ellsworth Police Department, Lockhart began working at Wal-Mart in August 2007 and allegedly had been working with Guptill for about a year to remove items from the store.
The thefts were discovered Aug. 31 when an assistant manager at the store observed Lockhart, who was working at a cash register, check out Guptill and not charge him for all the items.
“The manager didn’t con-front her at that time,” Roberts said, “but he notified loss prevention [at the store] and they opened an investigation.”
When she was confronted by WalMart officials and the po-lice, Lockhart admitted she had taken the items. She told the officer that she also had taken items on her days off and during breaks. She was charged on Sept. 5.
Guptill came to the police station for an interview on Monday, Sept. 8, and also admitted his part in the thefts, Roberts said.
The pair took a variety of items from the store including clothing, DVD movies and jewelry. The total value of the items has been estimated at between $3,000 and $5,000.