June 21, 2018
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Police charge two in string of Bangor Mall thefts

By Ryan McLaughlin, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — A string of thefts from four Bangor Mall stores led to one woman being arrested for theft and another receiving a summons, according to police.

Shirley Aarick, 35, of Bangor was arrested on a charge of misdemeanor theft, while Christina Lancaster, 34, of Brewer was summoned for theft on Saturday, according to Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards.

The trouble started when security at Sears noticed Aarick choosing shirts and concealing them, while Lancaster was taking shirts and giving them to her accomplice, according to Edwards.

When the women were searched, shopping bags from Macy’s, Claire’s and Victoria’s Secret with other unpaid items in them were found on Aarick. Edwards said that when Lancaster was searched, she had no stolen items in her possession.

“[Lancaster] was charged because she was picking up shirts [at Sears] and giving them to Aarick,” the sergeant said.

The sergeant said $68 worth of merchandise from Sears was recovered, along with $108 from Claire’s, $185 from Macy’s and $80 from Victoria’s Secret.

Aarick was taken to Penobscot County Jail and later released on bail, while Lancaster was summoned and not arrested, Edwards said.

Correction: An earlier version of this story contained erroneous information. The incident occurred on Saturday, not Friday. In addition, Christina Lancaster, who was summoned in the incident, did not have any stolen items in her possession when searched, Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards said Thursday.

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