OLD TOWN, Maine — Officer Christine McAvoy had been looking for a local woman for more than two months to question her about a December theft and “just ran into her” last week and arrested her, Old Town police Capt. Kyle Smart said Tuesday.
Nicole Spencer, 26, who has a history of thefts in the area, was charged by McAvoy with felony Class C theft for reportedly taking $200 cash from a wallet on Dec. 9, the police captain said.
“She is a multi offender. That is what elevated the charge to a felony,” Smart said.
The alleged victim called police after a cleaning service left her house and she noticed the cash missing from her wallet, which was on the kitchen counter. Spencer and another woman had been inside her home to do cleaning, the police captain said.
“She called the cleaning service and talked to the owner who said Nicole [already] had been fired for stealing,” Smart said.
Spencer was hired by the cleaning service on Nov. 23, the police captain said.
McAvoy attempted to contact Spencer on several occasions and finally ran into her on Thursday. After she was interviewed, Spencer was charged, Smart said.
Spencer has three theft by unauthorized taking and a burglary conviction in the last five years, according to prior court listings printed in the Bangor Daily News. She also was convicted in April for two counts of unlawful possession of scheduled drugs and was ordered to spend five days in jail for each count and pay a $400 fine, the BDN listings state. (Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN)