Augusta woman arrested after allegedly stealing from Home Depot, Walmart in Waterville

Posted Jan. 15, 2014, at 2:26 p.m.

WATERVILLE, Maine — An Augusta woman who allegedly tried to scheme a pair of big-box stores in Waterville wound up going to jail Tuesday on two felony theft charges, police said.

Amy Marmanik, 24, went to both Home Depot and Walmart and returned unpaid items at customer-service booths in favor of gift cards in value of the items, Waterville Deputy Chief Charles Rumsey said.

Marmanik was charged with theft in connection with the incidents, as well as violation of condition of release, and was sent to Kennebec County Jail, Rumsey said. She remained locked up Wednesday.

Marmanik’s spree started at Home Depot, after she apparently got off a bus in Waterville bound for Augusta, Rumsey said. Marmanik had boarded the bus in Presque Isle.

Police were tipped off to Marmanik after she visited Walmart, where she grabbed a stroller-car seat combination item, took it to a customer service booth and exchanged it for a gift card worth more than $200, the deputy chief said.

Security, who had been watching the entire incident, tried to apprehend Marmanik, but she fled toward Home Depot and into the woods, where police took her into custody.

It was then that officers learned Marmanik tried the same trick at Home Depot before heading to Walmart, Rumsey said.

At Home Depot, she had apparently picked out a compressor, wheeled it toward a customer service desk and pulled the same trick, Rumsey said.

“She claimed that her boyfriend had bought [the compressor] and wanted to return that,” Rumsey said.

A gift card from Home Depot was found on Marmanik at the time of her arrest, Rumsey said.

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