Duo nabbed for attempted shoplifting at Hannaford

By Ben Holbrook | Dec 18, 2012

Belfast — Police summoned a Monroe woman and a Jackson man in connection with an alleged shoplifting incident at Hannaford in Belfast in late November.

Amanda J. Ryan, 28, was summoned for theft by unauthorized taking, as well as violating conditions of release Friday, Dec. 14. Detective Sgt. Bryan Cunningham said the charges stem from a Nov. 26 incident.

Cunningham said Ryan and a male accomplice, identified as Augustus Dunphy, 24, were in the Belfast Hannaford filling two carts with items. One cart was filled with items that could be purchased with an EBT card, while the second cart was filled with items that couldn’t be purchased with an EBT card, he said.

While Ryan was paying for the items in one of the shopping carts, Dunphy was observed by store employees walking out of the store with the second shopping cart before he began unloading the items, Cunningham said.

“It’s the first time I’ve seen it done that way,” Cunningham said in reference to the attempted shoplifting. “They went there [Hannaford] with the intent of doing just that.”

Ryan was on bail and subject to conditions for unrelated charges stemming from a 2011 incident, Cunningham said. Dunphy also was summoned for theft.

According to previously published reports, an assault charge against Ryan was dismissed in 2011. She also was indicted by a grand jury in 2011 on a charge of stealing drugs.

Dunphy was ordered to pay $500 in restitution for operating a motor vehicle on land of other in 2010. An additional charge of littering was dismissed by the court.

Republican Journal reporter Ben Holbrook can be reached at 338-3333 or at bholbrook@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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