Price tag shift leads to arrest

Posted June 04, 2009, at 11:25 p.m.

A Bangor woman who police say switched price tags at Wal-Mart and got away was arrested later in the day when she was recognized by a store security guard while the guard was shopping at an area grocery store, police said Thursday.

Sgt. Chip Hodges of the Bangor Police Department said Katie Sereyko, 28, was arrested for theft by deception and for violating bail conditions about 4:15 p.m. Wednesday at Shaw’s supermarket on Main Street.

While at Wal-Mart earlier in the day, Sereyko was seen by security playing with price tags and “paid $5 for about $70 worth of merchandise,” Hodges said.

When store security attempted to stop her as she was leaving, Sereyko caused a disturbance and ran, Hodges said.

After her arrest she was taken to Penobscot County Jail. She appeared in 3rd District Court on Thursday and her bail was set at $100 cash, a jail official said. She made bail and was released Thursday evening. (Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN)

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The Maine Discovery Museum in downtown Bangor was evacuated at about 12:50 p.m. Thursday, apparently because of a faulty fire alarm.

Bangor firefighter Sherman Mason said there was trouble with the alarms.

“It happens off and on. Sometimes the weather affects the system,” Mason said. (Heather Steeves, BDN)

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