A woman that police were trying to identify in connection with a report of five stolen $20 Walmart gift cards from a Belfast business last month has since come forward, and police say information she provided led to charges for a 20-year-old Belfast man.

Evan Finlay, 20, of Belfast was summoned Monday, Jan. 2 on charges of theft and burglary that was reported Dec. 11. While Belfast Detective Sgt. Bryan Cunningham declined to identify the affected Belfast business when interviewed for a Dec. 23 VillageSoup article, police records pertaining to the charges against Finlay have now identified the outfit as the nonprofit social service organization Broadreach Family & Community Services.  

The charges against Finlay, said Cunningham, came as the result of testimony from the young woman who was captured on a Bangor Walmart surveillance video and who identified herself as the person seen on the footage. Cunningham said he initially released her description in hopes that publicizing the images of the woman would be unnecessary.

After the woman made herself known to police, Cunningham said the case took an unexpected turn.

Cunningham said the woman stopped in at the police department claiming to be the woman in the video and confirmed she had used two of the five cards. She also said she didn’t steal the gift cards, Cunningham said.

“She said she bought them from Evan Finlay,” Cunningham said.

After further investigation, Cunningham learned that Finlay was able to gain access to the locked cabinet where the cards were stored because he has a relative who works for Broadreach and he had knowledge of the building. Cunningham said Broadreach keeps the cards on hand in case one of the families the agency serves has an immediate need.

Cunningham said Finlay came into the police station to pick up copies of his summonses over the weekend of Jan. 7-8, and that he has been cooperating with police.

Finlay is scheduled to appear at Waldo County Superior Court Thursday, March 1.