Police in York County say a Berwick couple is facing charges for allegedly stealing bottles from a Shapleigh elementary school donation bin.

A community member who had seen a York County Sheriff’s Office Facebook post about a white vehicle involved in the theft of returnable bottles from the Shapleigh Memorial School PTO donation bin spotted a similar car at the school on Saturday and called police, according to Sheriff William King.

The citizen provided police with the registration number on the vehicle, which showed it belonged to a Berwick woman, Raylene Dow. Deputy Cody Frazier waited on Route 202 for the car to pass him, then stopped it when he confirmed it resembled the car from the Facebook post.

Frazier found about $20 in returnable bottles in the back of the Nissan Versa, King said.

During questioning, David Dow admitted he stole the bottles from the school and was on his way to a redemption center in Biddeford. David Dow also told Frazier he had stolen bottles from the school “two or three times” and implicated his wife in the thefts, King said.

David Dow was arrested on a charge of theft by unauthorized taking and was released on $50 bail. He is scheduled to appear in Springvale District Court on Aug. 28.

Raylene Dow was issued a summons alleging theft by unauthorized taking and is also scheduled for an Aug. 28 court appearance.

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