BANGOR, Maine — Four Lewiston residents went to the Bangor Mall to go “shopping” on Saturday and ended up walking out of Sears with a shopping cart containing Craftsman tools they didn’t pay for, Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards said Monday.
“There were three charged with felony theft,” the sergeant said.
Three of the four took off from the store so fast they left one guy behind, Edwards said. Sears called police to report the crime at 4:45 p.m. and the trio was stopped on Stillwater Avenue minutes later by Officer Jamie Fanning.
“All were upset and put out about being stopped,” Edwards said.
The box of stolen Craftsman tools was found in the vehicle and one of the two women, later identified as Anne Terrio, 42, allegedly gave police a fake name.
While Fanning was talking to the trio, another Bangor officer responded to a “male suspect seen running from the store,” the sergeant said.
Charles Teague, 39, of Lewiston was captured quickly. Fanning charged Terrio, Teague and Joe Maye, 39, with felony theft or unauthorized taking and took them to Penobscot County Jail. Terrio and Teague also were charged with violating their bail conditions. The fourth person, a woman, was not charged, Edwards said.
Maye had been released by Monday, but both Terrio and Teague remained confined, the sergeant said.
If convicted of the felony theft charges against them, all three face a penalty of up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000. (Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN)