June 24, 2018
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Couple accused of stealing $500 worth of Walmart merchandise with four children in tow

By Alex Barber, BDN Staff

SKOWHEGAN, Maine — A man and a woman were arrested over the weekend for attempting to steal more than $500 worth of merchandise from Walmart while accompanied by four children, according to police.

Evelyn Thompson, 41, of Skowhegan and Douglas Hutchins, 49, of Bingham were stopped by loss prevention personnel near the store’s exit at 3:18 p.m. Saturday, acting Skowhegan Police Chief Dan Summers said Wednesday.

Thompson’s four children, age 10 to 14, were present during the alleged thefts, said Summers. Officer Jason Gayne investigated the incident.

Summers said the couple had items including clothing, camping equipment and bicycles worth $528.94. All items were recovered.

Hutchins was arrested on seven outstanding warrants and theft by unauthorized taking or transfer. He had warrants for unlawful trafficking in scheduled drugs, two counts of operating after habitual offender revocation, eluding an officer, two counts of operating while license suspended or revoked and unlawful possession of a scheduled drug. He was taken to Somerset County Jail in Madison, where he remained on Wednesday.

Thompson was also charged with theft by unauthorized taking or transfer, a Class D misdemeanor. She was taken to Somerset County Jail and released on bail later Saturday.

Thompson’s four children were picked up by a relative. The children are not suspected to be involved in the thefts, said Summers.

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