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Old Town couple charged with stealing $6 steak

Posted May 15, 2012, at 1:32 p.m.
Last modified May 15, 2012, at 7:06 p.m.

ORONO, Maine — An Old Town couple were charged with theft after shoplifting a steak from the Bell’s IGA supermarket on Stillwater Avenue on Monday afternoon, Orono police Capt. Josh Ewing said Tuesday.

Molly Anderson and Matthew El-Hajj, both 20, left the store at about 1 p.m. without paying for the concealed steak, valued at $6.59, the police captain said.

“They were in the store and employees saw El-Hajj pick up a package of meat and put it in her purse,” Ewing said, referring to Anderson.

Store employees stopped Anderson outside the store, and “El-Hajj left before we got there,” he said.

She was charged with theft. Police caught up with El-Hajj later in the day and also charged him with theft. El-Hajj was convicted of being a minor in possession of liquor in December 2011, according to court listings printed in the Bangor Daily News. (Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN)

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