BANGOR, Maine — In one shoplifting visit the woman is seen in Walmart surveillance videos taking around $800 in merchandise by putting it into her shopping cart and baby stroller and then walking out of the store without paying for it, police say.
In another, she can be seen taking items worth approximately $400.
In a third store video, the woman is seen removing around $300 in merchandise.
All three thefts and a Nov. 5 theft at the same store led police to arrest and charge Keri Ann Murphy, 26, of Bangor last week with four counts of felony theft by unauthorized taking and also resulted in one of her friends being charged with theft.
Each felony theft carries a penalty of up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000.
During the Nov. 5 incident, store employees called police after seeing a couple stealing items.
“They stopped them outside the store and she took a baby they had with them and took off” and wasn’t charged, Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards said Tuesday.
Jacob Greenier, 27, was charged with theft.
“He gave the officers a false name [for Murphy] in an attempt to protect her,” Edwards said.
That didn’t stop police from tracking down Murphy. She was found by Officer Jim Dearing on Nov. 16, who charged her with four felony theft charges and for violating her bail conditions.
Murphy also was charged with felony theft in August after her employer, Circle K on Main Street, reported more than $1,000 missing from the till, Edwards said at the time.
Murphy, who lived in Millinocket last year, was convicted of theft by unauthorized taking or transfer in December 2010 and sentenced 10 days in jail, according to court listings printed in the Bangor Daily News.
She was taken to Penobscot County Jail and later was released, a jail official said.