BANGOR, Maine — A local woman with a history of thefts was charged with felony shoplifting last week after she attempted to leave Shaw’s grocery store without paying for $13.90 in food and other items, Bangor police Officer Jason McAmbley said Tuesday.
Jennifer D. Willey, 44, who was out on bail and on probation for prior theft convictions, was arrested at around 6:30 p.m. Feb. 22 after she was caught by store security with miscellaneous food and Visine eye drops, the officer said.
“She’s still in jail,” said McAmbley, a community relations officer.
The theft was elevated to a felony, which carries a penalty of up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000, because Willey has prior theft convictions, he said.
She has three convictions for theft by unauthorized taking or transfer since 2008, according to prior court listings printed in the Bangor Daily News.
Willey was taken to Penobscot County Jail and remained there on Tuesday on a probation hold, a jail official said.