AUGUSTA — A Sabattus woman has been charged after reportedly stealing flowers from the Maine Veterans Cemetery on Civic Center Drive.

Pamela A. Carrier, 66, was issued a summons charging her with theft.

Augusta Police Lt. Christopher Massey said police were called to the cemetery around 1 p.m. Wednesday for a report of a woman stealing flowers from grave sites. Multiple witnesses told police that the woman had taken flowers from several plots.

When confronted by Augusta police officer Nikolas Hample, Carrier failed to clearly explain why she had taken the flowers and loaded them in her van, Massey said. Carrier said some of the flowers came from relatives’ plots and that others had come from her home, Massey said. There was at least one flower pot that Carrier said she had picked up from a grave accidentally.

“There was no reason for her to come and get these flowers,” Massey said.

Carrier told Hample she was collecting the flowers to place on her husband’s grave at the veterans’ cemetery on Mount Vernon Road.

“That’s not an uncommon call for us to get around Memorial Day,” Massey said of stolen flowers complaints. “Some years it seems to be worse than others.”

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