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Apr 7, 2016 11:35 AM

Maine teacher who won $1 million teaching prize charged with shoplifting $14.99 blouse

An award-winning teacher in Maine is accused of shoplifting.

According to the Portland Press Herald, Nancie Atwell, was awarded a $1 million teaching prize last year. Now she stands accused of stealing a white blouse from a store in Damariscotta. She was identified from an image taken from surveillance footage.

Security personnel told police that Atwell was seen browsing through the women’s section at Renys on March 28 when she removed a $14.99 blouse from a hanger, rolled it up and placed it in another bag she was carrying.

Police say Atwell denied stealing the blouse.

“She said she returned one piece of clothing for another piece of clothing. But there was no return that I could see on the video. She explained her side of it, and I told her that’s not what my investigation revealed,” Damariscotta police Chief Ronald Young said.

Atwell was the first recipient of the Global Teacher Prize in March of 2015, at a ceremony in Dubai where former President Bill Clinton was in attendance.

She was chosen from a field of 5,000 nominees from 127 countries.

Atwell is scheduled to appear in Damariscotta court on May 12.

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