Police in Maine say they have seized nearly a quarter of a million dollars in cash, as well as stolen items, in an investigation into a major retail theft ring.
According to Maine State Police, the items recovered were taken from Walmart stores in Bangor, Brewer, Ellsworth and Palmyra. They say that hundreds of stolen goods were sold on eBay.
The diverse group of items being sold included Star Wars Legos, tooth-whitening strips, Nicorette gum, razor blades and medication for pets. In addition to Legos and whitening strips, police say they recovered archery equipment and a television.
State police credit local and federal agencies for assisting in the investigation.
No one has been charged in the theft ring, but a 67-year-old woman was arrested for pointing a gun at troopers and federal agents when they were searching her Frankfort home.
Jane Tardiff is charged with threatening with a dangerous weapon. Bars of silver and $100,000 in cash were seized from her home on Yeager Road, and another $140,000 was found in a safe deposit box, according to police.
Charges are expected to be filed after police consult district attorneys' offices in the area.