Police say woman stole purse in Black Friday line

By Stephen Betts | Nov 28, 2017

Thomaston — A 31-year-old woman was arrested Thanksgiving night after police said she stole a purse from a customer in line for a Black Friday opening.

Sarah L. Havener, of Rockland, was charged with felony theft, criminal trespass and two counts of unlawful possession of drugs.

She was taken to the Knox County Jail in Rockland by Thomaston police and made her initial appearance Monday, Nov. 27, in Knox County Unified Court, where Judge Susan Sparaco set bail at $1,000 cash.

An affidavit filed by Thomaston police in court stated that Thomaston officers were inside Walmart Thanksgiving night about 11:30 prior to the store's opening for Black Friday when a report was received from the store's security staff that a woman had stolen a purse from another customer in line outside.

The affidavit stated that the victim had spotted her purse on Havener and got it back before Havener fled on foot. Thomaston police found Havener a short time later by the Tractor Supply store. Havener was found to have drugs on her, according to the affidavit.

The theft charge was elevated to a felony because Havener has two prior theft convictions from 2015.

In one of those cases, Havener stole a credit card from a potential employer during a job interview in Camden. She was caught when she tried to use the card after it had been reported stolen. The other theft conviction was when she broke into a neighbor's apartment in Camden and stole a television, toys and clothes.

Havener was sentenced in October 2015 to three years in jail with all but six months suspended and placed on probation for two years for the burglary, thefts and drug charges.

Comments (2)
Posted by: Debra Damon | Nov 28, 2017 17:15

You have to have the drug facilities first before they can get help. Funds need to be raised to do this. Midcoast Recovery Coalition is trying to do this. We are trying to find money and it's not easy to find Gwen. I agree this is what needs to be done, and not just a 30 day program. a 12 month program is needed, daily counselling, meetings, learning to complete high school, maybe even doing college classes, and how to live a normal life.

Posted by: Gwen D Fraser | Nov 28, 2017 11:45

Oh right - 6 months probation is going to help this girl with her drug habit!  When are we going do right by these young addicts?  They need to be sentenced to a non-voluntary inpatient drug rehab facility!   Yes, their rights need to be taken away from them - for their own good.  We know jail only aggravates drug problems.Why are we not funding the creation of such facilities? Do NOT tell me there is no money for it!!!  Find it!!!

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