BANGOR, Maine — The two people accused of walking out of Target with more than $1,000 in merchandise more than a week ago were caught by Augusta police Monday night attempting to steal from a grocery store in that area, Sgt. Paul Edwards said Tuesday.
“Ironically, the same two suspects were being detained at their station” Monday night, he said in a press release.
Bangor police released images later determined to be of Michelle Brann, 37, and Johnathan Hansen, 35, both of Gardiner, walking into Target around 5:35 p.m. Jan. 22 and of Brann leaving the store just after 7 p.m. with a full cart of items.
While shopping, the couple had a male child with them who was believed to be about 10 years old.
After shopping for more than an hour at the Bangor store, Brann left the store and Hansen and the child went through a checkout line, Edwards said Monday.
“The male suspect then produced a debit card that would not allow for the purchase, so the man and child take the cart, now full of scanned and unpaid merchandise, and walk to customer service,” he said.
“At that point, the female suspect re-enters the building and then both adult suspects and child leave the store with the cart, load up the pickup truck, and leave with the stolen merchandise,” in a red Ford F-150 pickup truck, he said.
Bangor police Officer Joe Baillargeon received several calls on the theft case Monday night from people who identified the couple as Brann and Hansen and late Monday night received a call from Hansen, who gave him a statement.
“Meanwhile, Augusta Police Department was investigating a shoplifting complaint at a Shaw’s supermarket on Western Avenue in Augusta, which happened at about 7:30 p.m.” Monday, in which Brann and Hansen were suspects, Edwards said.
Augusta police charged both Brann and Hansen with theft, and “at the request of Officer Baillargeon, Augusta officers summoned the pair for our case … for Class C felony theft,” he said.
If convicted of the felony theft charges, both Brann and Hansen each could face a penalty of up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000.