BREWER, Maine — An Old Town woman was charged with two felonies after she took bedding from the Bangor Walmart last week then attempted to return the stolen item at the Brewer Walmart later in the day, police in both cities said.
Jessica Johnson, 28, and Paul Russell, 30, both of Old Town, were stopped by store security at the Brewer Walmart at around 1 p.m. March 19, but took off running, Brewer police Cpl. Paul Gauvin said Tuesday.
“They ran out the parking lot and over to Downeast Toyota and we got them on Wild Rose Drive,” the corporal said.
Both Johnson and Russell were charged with felony theft because they both have prior theft convictions, Gauvin said.
“Shoplifting is not a Class C felony” typically, he noted.
Johnson was with another man earlier in the day when she went to the Bangor Walmart, Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards said. A store employee reported the theft at around 9:20 a.m.
“She returned a DVD and then selected an item and put it in her cart without paying for it,” the sergeant said. “She tried to return the comforter she stole from Bangor over to Brewer.”
Between Bangor and Brewer, “she got charged with two felony thefts,” Gauvin said.
Both Johnson and Russell were taken to Penobscot County Jail after being caught in Brewer. He has since been released. Johnson was found guilty in court last week and was sentenced to 15 days in jail, the Brewer corporal said.
Johnson was convicted of theft by unauthorized taking or transfer last month and was ordered to pay a $500 fine, according to court listings printed in the Bangor Daily News. She was convicted of the same crime in October 2009 and was fined $250, the BDN listings state.