in shoplifting case

AUGUSTA — Three city women face theft charges following a report of shoplifting at the Hannaford supermarket on Cony Street

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Jennifer Rena Thibeault, 24, was arrested on charges of theft by unauthorized taking or transfer, violating conditions of release and misuse of public benefits instrument after police responded to the 6:18 p.m. call Saturday.

Rachel McLaughlin, 30, was issued a summons charging her with theft by unauthorized taking or transfer; and Patricia M. Adams, 53, was issued a summons charging her with misuse of a public benefits instrument.

Maine law defines a “public benefits instrument,” misuse of which is a Class D crime carrying a penalty of up to 364 days in jail, as electronic benefits transfer cards, coupons and vouchers used to distribute funds from public assistance programs.

Augusta

Saturday: At 4:55 p.m., police made an arrest following a report of a disturbance or disorderly conduct on Winthrop Street.

Sunday: At 12:18 p.m., a caller from Asset Real Estate Management, Civic Center Drive, reported harassment.

12:35 p.m., a caller from Maine Smoke Shop, Western Avenue, reported theft or shoplifting.

12:54 p.m., a Water Street caller reported a burglary.

Arrest

Saturday: Ngel Akol, 26, of Augusta, was arrested in Augusta on an assault charge following an 11:34 p.m. report of a disturbance/disorderly conduct at Shenanigans, Water Street.