Bangor duo suspected in Walmart thefts

Posted March 30, 2012, at 10:14 p.m.
Last modified April 01, 2012, at 6:18 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — A Bangor man was arrested — and his alleged accomplice summoned — in connection with the theft of $75 worth of Walmart merchandise Thursday afternoon.

Arrested and charged with felony theft was 24-year-old Nathan Phelps, Bangor police Sgt. Catherine Rumsey said Friday, citing a police report. Rumsey said the charge was elevated to felony status because of Phelps’ criminal history.

His past convictions include: a 21-day jail sentence for theft and a $300 fine for sale and use of drug paraphernalia in 2009; a $300 fine and one year of probation for domestic violence assault in 2008; and a $200 fine for theft in 2005, according to the Bangor Daily News archives.

Natasha Phelps, 19, who was shopping with him, was issued a summons for theft, Rumsey said.

According to the police report, the two were detained by Walmart loss prevention staff after they reportedly were seen shoplifting, Rumsey said.

“She was selecting items and handing them to him and he was putting them in a backpack,” Rumsey said.

The police report did not indicate what items were found in the backpack.

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