Four Walmart suspects at large
Warrants are out for Vermont residents suspected of thefts
LEBANON, NH- A Goshen man has been arrested but four Vermonters are still being sought in connection with a series of thefts of expensive electronic items that took place between Feb. 2 and Feb. 8 at the Walmart store in West Lebanon.
Lebanon Police believe that they have successfully identified all of the suspects based on tips from the public that poured in after surveillance camera images were made public just over a week ago.
Frank Merrell, 34, of Goshen has been arrested, cited and released on bail.
Frank Merrell, 34, of Goshen was arrested Wednesday, charged with theft, and subsequently released on $5,000 bail with a citation ordering him to appear for arraignment on April 17th at the Lebanon District Court.
Arrest warrants that are extraditable from all of the New England states have been issued for:
Timothy Wainwright, 41, of Springfield, Vermont is being sought by Lebanon Police
Scott Amidon, 42, of Weathersfield, Vermont is being sought by Lebanon Police
Scott Amidon, who has ten prior felony convictions on his record, was sentenced to two-to-three years in jail back in 2014 when he pled guilty at the courthouse in White River Junction to misdemeanor domestic assault, car theft, possession of a narcotic, possession of heroin, driving despite having a license that was suspended for drunk driving, and providing false information to police. He was the subject of a statewide manhunt in 2013 and was arrested that time in White River Junction behind the wheel of a car that had been reported stolen in Brattleboro three weeks earlier.
Beatrice Amidon, 43, of Weathersfield, Vermont is being sought by Lebanon Police
Beatrice Amidon was arrested in 2015 and charged with a felony count of cultivating marijuana after Weathersfield Police said they found 50 plants growing on her property. That case is still open and she is scheduled to appear in court in White River Junction next week for a suppression hearing as part of it. Amidon's record stretches back a quarter-century and includes three felony convictions for possession of stolen property, impeding a police officer and other crimes.
Lisa Akey, 33, of Brattleboro, Vermont is being sought by Lebanon Police
More than $4,000 worth of televisions, as well as a DVD player, a dash camera, and a computer tablet, were among the electronic items that were taken (along with clothing and dishes) in four separate incidents during the first week of this month, according to Walmart's loss prevention department. Those incidents followed upon a set of similar thefts that took place at the same store at the beginning of this year. Two Claremont area men were subsequently arrested and charged with that first round of electronics thefts in late January.
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