POLICE BEAT

Woman accused of shoplifting, giving police false name

Posted Nov. 02, 2011, at 7:41 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — A Hampden woman who was caught shoplifting at Sears on Tuesday gave police a fake name and continued to lie even after being warned that she would be arrested, Bangor police Sgt. Ed Potter said Wednesday.

Sarah Benbow, 27, was caught on video surveillance cameras stealing items with another woman around 5:40 p.m. and was physically restrained by store security who were not able to catch the second suspected thief.

She was found with a variety of stolen items including a pair of boots and jewelry, the sergeant said.

Benbow gave a false name to Detective Dave Bushey, who warned her repeatedly that she would be arrested if he discovered that she was lying, which is exactly what happened after the detective found a picture in her bag that he used to identify her, Potter said.

“He was going to cut her a summons and let her go but she played the odds and lost,” the sergeant said.

Benbow was arrested, charged with theft and failing to give a correct name, and taken to Penobscot County Jail.

“At the jail they discovered more stolen items in her boots,” Potter said.

Jewelry that still had price tags attached was found in her boots, the sergeant said.

Benbow remained in jail Wednesday night, a jail official said.

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