PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — Three Presque Isle residents accused of stealing $2,385 worth of merchandise from Walmart, everything from tool boxes and muffin tins to Oreo cookies and sexual lubricant, were charged this week with felony theft.
Presque Isle police Sgt. Joey Seeley said Tuesday that he can’t reveal too many details about the case as he is still investigating and recovering stolen items.
“Asset protection [officials] at Walmart are still reviewing video surveillance tapes in the store to see if there is additional evidence on them pertaining to this case,” he said Tuesday evening.
Seeley said that police involvement in the case began on Dec. 15 when Christy Curry, 38, visited the Walmart Supercenter on Main Street. Members of the store’s asset protection team already had Curry on their watch list because of an internal investigation, according to Seeley, so they monitored her actions as she walked around. Seeley said that Curry filled a cart with 82 items valued at $646.70 and attempted to leave without paying but was intercepted before she could. Seeley was called and Curry was arrested and charged with misdemeanor theft. She made bail and will appear in court on Jan. 22, 2014.
Seeley said he then learned that Walmart’s asset protection staffers also had been watching two of Curry’s associates — Alesha Law, 39, and Wayne Trotter, 52, both of Presque Isle.
Seeley said that he could not reveal the relationship between the three individuals, but that when he went to the home where the three live together, he recovered another 126 items stolen in prior trips to Walmart. Many of the items were large, including area rugs, a tray table set, two 13-gallon trash cans, plastic storage containers and pillows.
Seeley said that when combined with the items Curry had tried to walk out of the store with, the total number of items recovered so far was 208.
Seeley said that after recovering the additional items at the house, he charged Law and Trotter with felony theft and added a felony theft count to Curry’s charges.
The investigation continues, he said.
“What we really want to stress here is that Walmart does have an asset protection team,” said Seeley. “So you may shoplift once and think you’ve gotten away with it and then go back and try again, but you’re not going to get away with it for long, and this is the perfect example.”
Chief Matt Irwin and Chief Deputy Laurie Kelley assisted with the investigation.