PALMYRA, Maine — A man police say has used several different methods to steal from area Walmart stores over the last couple of years was arrested Sunday.
Shawn W. Audibert Sr., 42, of Bangor was caught after employees at the Palmyra Walmart noticed he was inside the store at around 2 p.m. and called police, Maine State Police Trooper Hugh Landry said Monday.
Landry and Trooper Chris Carr positioned themselves on nearby Route 2.
“He headed out of the store with a cart load” and initially was stopped by store security, but took off running and got into a waiting car, Landry said.
When the troopers pulled over the car, “[Audibert] jumped out of the back seat and ran,” Landry said.
Carr jumped out and pursued Audibert and quickly took him into custody, the trooper said. He did not indicate if the vehicle driver was questioned or charged.
“We’ve been trying to catch him for several years,” Landry said of Audibert. “He’s been stealing from the Walmarts in Palmyra, Bangor, Brewer and Lincoln.”
Audibert was arrested and charged with two felony theft by unauthorized taking charges for incidents last month where he took “over $1,000 in merchandise” from the Palmyra Walmart on two separate occasions, Dec. 9 and Dec. 13, the trooper said. Audibert also had multiple arrest warrants, and Landry said he expects additional theft charges to be filed.
Audibert was taken to Penobscot County Jail in Bangor and remained there on Monday night, a jail official said.
“He had a lot of different methods” of stealing items, the trooper said.
In one instance, which was caught on store surveillance cameras, “He cut holes in the fence of the garden center” to get the stolen items out of the store, Landry said, who estimates Audibert took more than $10,000 during his recent crime spree.
“It’s how he made a living,” the trooper said.