PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — As asset protection officials at the Walmart Supercenter continued Wednesday to review surveillance footage, Presque Isle police said they believe they have recovered the majority of more than $2,500 worth of items allegedly stolen from the store by a local trio.
Officer Joey Seeley of the Presque Isle Police Department said Wednesday that he has continued to investigate the case against Christy Curry, 38; Alesha Law, 39; and Wayne Trotter, 52, all of Presque Isle. Curry was charged Dec. 15 with misdemeanor theft after allegedly attempting to leave the Main Street Walmart with a cart full of 82 items, valued at $646.70, without paying for them. She was intercepted before she could leave the store.
Seeley’s investigation led him to Law, Trotter and a home where both lived with Curry. There, Seeley found 126 items allegedly stolen in prior trips to Walmart. He said that when combined with the items Curry had tried to take from Walmart, the total number of items recovered was 208.
Seeley said that after securing the additional items at the house, he charged Law and Trotter with felony theft and added a felony theft count to Curry’s charges.
On Wednesday, Seeley recovered another 21 items, valued at $276, that were allegedly stolen by the trio. That brought the total number of stolen items to 229 and the total value of the goods stolen from Walmart to $2,661.
“We are still investigating whether they were intending to give any of the stolen items away as gifts,” said Seeley. “But the majority of the items were unopened in their original packaging.”
Seeley said he could not comment on the relationship between the three individuals or say exactly when all the items were stolen. A number of the items were large, including area rugs, a tray table set, two 13-gallon trash cans, plastic storage containers and pillows. The alleged thieves also took a pocketbook, garbage bags, plant stands, a mop, sexual lubricant and an electric skillet.
“They targeted several areas of the store,” said Seeley. “They didn’t go in there to steal just one thing.”
Surprisingly, he said, the department generally does not see an uptick in thefts during the holidays. The officer said the thefts remain “pretty consistent” all year round.
Seeley said that anyone who believes they have been given a stolen item as a gift should bring it into the police station.
“Retail theft is the reason that we all pay more for goods at the checkout counter,” he said.