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Bethel man charged in large Walmart theft
MEXICO/BETHEL -- A 60-year-old Bethel man was arrested Saturday in connection with an $1,800 shoplifting incident that occurred two days before at the Mexico Walmart.
Mexico Police Lt. Roy Hodsdon said Steven C. Sutton was arrested at 11 a.m. on the Intervale Road Bethel, with the assistance of Oxford County Deputy Daniel Welch. He was charged with theft by unauthorized taking or transfer (Class B) and criminal mischief (Class D).
Hodsdon said Sutton was transported to the Oxford County Jail where he was bailed and released.
This stems from a theft at the Mexico Walmart at 10:30 a.m. Thursday in which a lawnmower and other merchandise were taken out of the door of the store. This incident was captured on the Walmart's security cameras.
Hodsdon indicated that two people were involved.
Sutton was given a court date of Sept 6, 2012 at the South Paris Superior Court.
Nine complaints in two hours
MEXICO -- The Mexico Police Department was very busy Friday night, handling nine complaints over a two-hour period.
Mexico Police Lt. Roy Hodsdon said the calls included criminal mischief, assault, suspicious person and a probation violation.
It's part of a growing trend of an ever increasing number of complaints handled by police, which he acknowledged could be, in part, due to a depressed economy.
Halfway through the year, they were already over 1,000 complaints, which included a lot of repeats.
"Since I've been here (2004), we've gone up 150 to 200 complaints each year," noted Hodsdon.
One shoplifting incident stops another
MEXICO -- In an unusual circumstance, police were handling one shoplifting incident on Thursday that ultimately prevented
another at the Mexico Walmart.
Mexico Police Lt. Roy Hodsdon said they had responded to a incident involving a 17-year-old male trying to shoplift a pair of sneakers from the store. During that time, a woman was about to wheel out a shopping cart full of groceries out of the store without paying for them.
"She saw us, abandoned the cart and ran out the door," he noted.
Kam Evangelista, 38, Mexico, for failure to appear on a case out of Somerset County, July 4 by Mexico Officer Cam Barrieau.
Benjamin Humphreys, 18, Rumford, charged with operating while under the influence, driving without a license and having an open container in a vehicle, July 5 by Mexico officers Dan Carrier and Cam Barrieau.