BANGOR, Maine — A local woman who went into Kohl’s with three friends and was caught concealing items in her purse Tuesday night was arrested for shoplifting even though she left the items in the store before running off, Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards said.

Nicholle Worcester, 27, of Bangor, who was out on bail, was found at around 8:25 p.m. walking down the street nearby by Officer Mike Jewett. She was arrested and charged with theft and violating her bail conditions, Edwards said.

Worcester concealed some items in her purse and was uncooperative when stopped by store security, according to Edwards. Before leaving the store, he added, “she basically threw the clothes back on the rack and took off.”

Even though the clothing never left the store, “once you conceal it — it’s over” and theft charges can be filed, the sergeant said.

Worcester has prior convictions for theft by unauthorized taking or transfer, assault, and twice for operating under the influence, according to court listings printed in the Bangor Daily News.

She was arrested in November after fighting with her parents, and charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, domestic assault for shoving one of her parents, and obstructing the report of a crime for knocking away a phone that was being used to call police.

She also was picked up in March for violating her bail conditions, Edwards said. (Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN)