Alleged Christmas shoplifter charged with felony theft

By Abigail Curtis, BDN Staff
Posted Dec. 19, 2011, at 4:35 p.m.

BELFAST, Maine — A Union woman who police believe did a little Christmas shoplifting over the weekend at a Belfast grocery store has been charged with felony theft.

Terri Ingraham, 33, allegedly pushed a full grocery cart out of the Hannaford on Sunday, and when a container of laundry detergent fell out, an employee helped her by picking it up, according to a report from the Belfast Police Department.

The employee then noticed that none of the items in her cart, which included a large stuffed dog, had been bagged and suspected they hadn’t actually been purchased. She was able to get a license plate number and description of Ingraham’s vehicle and reported the alleged theft to police. Police also obtained a video of the suspect leaving Hannaford with the items, according to the report.

A deputy from the Knox County Sheriff’s Office tracked down Ingraham, who agreed to meet with him, according to the police report. Before the meeting occurred, Belfast police learned that Game Warden Mark Merrifield on Sunday found a stash of items hidden on a walking trail off Route 17 in Rockport near the Union town line. Those items included a large stuffed dog, laundry detergent and more items that were believed to have been taken from the Belfast Hannaford.

While the incident is still under investigation, police said they think Ingraham hid the items when the police indicated they wanted to talk to her.

Because she had two prior convictions for theft, in Belfast and in Bangor, she was issued a criminal summons for felony theft.

On Monday, police officers in Belfast were photographing the collection of goods that had been found in the woods, which included a dozen bottles of laundry detergent, a radio-controlled boat, a supply of pet food, a Christmas stocking for a cat, a large amount of candy, an inflatable bed set, a gingerbread house kit, wrapping paper and tape.

According to the police, one of Ingraham’s theft convictions occurred in 2010, when she stole and then immediately tried to return a vacuum cleaner from a Belfast store.

Efforts to contact Ingraham were unsuccessful.

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