BANGOR, Maine — Two people who allegedly left Kohl’s department store without paying for merchandise they concealed on their persons were arrested Monday on theft and other charges.
Both suspects were described as area transients.
The arrests took place shortly after noon, after Kohl’s loss prevention personnel called police to report that a man and woman had shoplifted several items and that the man was outside the store, Bangor police Sgt. Catherine Rumsey said Monday night, citing arrest reports.
When police arrived, they found Matthew Adams, 36, with a $35 ring-and-necklace set in his possession. They also found a padlock connected to a chain wrapped in tape, a setup sometimes used as a weapon, and a Klonopin tablet, an anti-anxiety medication for which he had no prescription, Rumsey said.
Adams told officers he used the padlock to secure his bicycle, Rumsey said. He did not, however, have a bicycle with him at the time.
As a result, Adams was charged with theft, carrying a concealed weapon and possession of a scheduled drug.
His shopping companion, 34-year-old April Ubelhor, turned up slightly later, Rumsey said. She was charged with two counts of theft after police determined she was in possession of $201 worth of merchandise, most of it clothing, from Kohl’s and another $72 in clothing from the nearby Old Navy store.