AUBURN, Maine — A former clerk at the Kmart store on Center Street has been charged with theft in connection with a scheme in which he allegedly pretended to scan items through the register for his fiancee and her mother without charging the women for the items.
The fiancee and her mother have also been charged, each with two counts of theft.
According to an indictment report of the Androscoggin County grand jury, Christopher Fuller, 24, of Leeds, was charged with theft by unauthorized taking and conspiracy to commit theft.
According to court records, when his fiancee, Ashley Sullivan-Millett, 20, of Auburn and her mother, Julie Millett, 39, of Auburn, came to his checkout line, Fuller scanned some items but allowed the women to take other items from the store without paying for them.
The items included electronics, health and beauty products, home fashions, toys, infant products and assorted clothing, among other things.
According to Auburn Deputy Chief Jason Moen, Fuller’s actions went on for about six weeks before loss prevention was able to confirm the activity. Moen estimates the amount of items stolen was $4,200, and approximately $1,900 in property was recovered by investigating officer Jason Croft.
At the time of the theft, Fuller was engaged to Ashley Sullivan-Millett.
According to Kmart, Fuller started work at the store in early March and his last day was May 12, 2011, which is one day after the thefts were confirmed, according to court records.
All three are facing charges of theft by unauthorized taking, a Class C felony, and misdemeanor conspiracy to commit theft. If convicted, each could face up to 5 years in jail and $6,000 in fines.
All three defendants are scheduled to be arraigned in Androscoggin County Superior Court at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 25.
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