Wal-Mart shopper charged with theft

Posted April 20, 2010, at 11:19 p.m.

A Dexter woman was charged with felony theft Monday after allegedly walking out of the Bangor Wal-Mart Supercenter with 189 items worth more than $1,000. The items ranged from clothing and shoes to produce and cheese.

Instead of being arrested, Deborah Bashaw, 48, was issued a summons because she had a child with her at the time of the incident, Bangor police Lt. Jeff Millard said Tuesday.

According to a report written by Bangor police Officer Doug Smith, Wal-Mart loss prevention personnel had an eye on Bashaw as she passed through several of the store’s departments, allegedly concealing items in reusable shopping bags and placing others in a cart. After stopping by the restroom, Bashaw bypassed the cash registers and left the store.

Wal-Mart security personnel caught up with Bashaw in the parking lot and asked her to return to the store, which she did, Millard said.

Among the items in her cart were $137 worth of food items, which could not be sold and had to be discarded, he said. (Dawn Gagnon, BDN)

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Bangor police are investigating the theft a souped-up Civic from the parking lot at Coy’s Towing on Hammond Street.

According to its owner, an employee of the towing company, the stolen car was a green 1995 Honda Civic equipped with a performance exhaust, a supercharger and other performance-enhancing items, Bangor police Lt. Jeff Millard said Tuesday, citing a police report. Millard said the owner pegged the car’s value at $15,000.

The owner reported that he last recalled seeing the car, which had been parked at the Hammond Street business all winter, on April 16, Millard said, adding that the owner had the keys in his pocket and that the car had no license plates on it. (Dawn Gagnon, BDN)

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Bangor police also are looking into the theft of copper piping from a vacant house at 188 Pine St. The burglary was reported about 10:15 a.m. Tuesday, Bangor police Lt. Jeff Millard said.

Millard said that the house belongs to OHI Inc., a local nonprofit social service organization, and that the dollar value of the copper was not immediately available. (Dawn Gagnon, BDN)

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