Claremont men charged with West Lebanon Walmart thefts

Numerous tips from the public led to the arrests

LEBANON, NH - Police say that numerous tips from the public have led to the identification and the subsequent arrests of an alleged electronics thief and his getaway driver.

    Surveillance camera images of the thefts that took place on December 26th and then again on January 5th at the Walmart store in West Lebanon were released to the press earlier this month and Lebanon Police said Monday that as a result James Shampney, 26, of Newport, New Hampshire and Raymond Brewer, 48, of Claremont were developed as suspects.

James Shampney of Newport was already in jail on unrelated charges

    Police met with Shampney on Friday at the Sullivan County House of Corrections where he was already being held on unrelated charges and cited him for two counts of theft, which are Class A misdemeanors in New Hampshire, for the Walmart shoplifting incidents which together involved more than a thousand dollars' worth of electronic goods.

Police charged Raymond Brewer, 48, of Claremont with driving the getaway car

    Brewer was also arrested on Friday as the result of an arrest warrant charging him with two counts of conspiracy to commit theft, which are Class B misdemeanors, for allegedly having driven the maroon getaway car that was picked up by the cameras looking down on the parking lot on both occasions.

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    Brewer was released on $1,000 personal recognizance bail.

    Both men are scheduled to be arraigned on their respective charges on March 20th at the Lebanon District Courthouse.  Police noted that, due to the value of the merchandise involved, both men could face upgraded charges when the appear in court.

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