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Criminal Mischief (07/26/2017)

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Dishonor system

BLAINE – A number of Aroostook County farm stands recently discovered that the honor system doesn’t always work as well as we might hope.

At approximately 7 p.m. on July 22, Maine State Police Troop F in Houlton received a report that owners of a local farm stand in Blaine had their cash box damaged and the money stolen from it. Cpl. Chuck Michaud took the initial call and began his investigation.

Before the evening reached a conclusion, Cpl. Michaud had learned that several farm stands in the Central Aroostook area - ranging from Monticello to Easton - had their cash boxes broken into and the money stolen from them.

During the investigation, surveillance footage obtained from some of the farm stands helped to determine possibilities with regards to a suspect vehicle and persons of interest in the crimes. Later in the evening, Cpl. Michaud located one of the suspects and recovered some of the cash that had been stolen as well as evidence from the crimes.

On July 24, the other individuals involved in the thefts were located. As a result of the investigation, the following individuals were charged with multiple counts of theft and criminal mischief:

Christopher Cyr, age 38, of Presque Isle. 
Wendy Bartley, 42, of Presque Isle.
Patricia Hyde, 36, of Presque Isle.

All three of the arrested are residents of Presque Isle; they have court dates in Houlton District Court on September 19 and Presque Isle District Court on September 22.

Note: There are two different court venues because one of the stands was in Monticello - Houlton District Court is responsible for that area - while the other stands in Blaine, Easton and Westfield fall under Presque Isle District Court’s purview.

The investigation remains ongoing and anyone with information is encouraged to contact the State Police at 532-5400 or via any of their social media platforms.

Suspects sought in Hartland burglary

HARTLAND – Video cameras caught footage of a burglary at a convenience store in Hartland. Maine State Police are seeking the public’s help in tracking down the suspects.

In the early morning hours of July 24, a burglary took place at Wright’s General Store on Commercial Street in Hartland. Two male suspects are caught on video, stealing numerous packs of cigarettes and other items.

A rear wall of the store was damaged; this is where the suspects broke through the wall to gain entry. Evidence was recovered from the scene and as of press time is being analyzed at the Crime Lab in Augusta.

Troopers are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the two suspects. Anyone with information is asked to contact Trooper Blake Conrad at the Augusta Regional Communications Center – the number is (207) 624-7076. In addition, anonymous tips can be sent by going to the Maine State Police link on the www.maine.gov website.

Information sought in Cherryfield death

CHERRYFIELD – Law enforcement officials are seeking information about the death of a woman in Cherryfield that is initially being treated as a possible homicide.

The woman’s body was first spotted by a passing motorist on the side of Route 193 in Cherryfield at around 5:30 a.m. on the morning of July 19. After an autopsy, the victim was identified as 55-year-old Sally Shaw. Shaw had ties to the Down East area of Washington County.

Officials found a connection to an abandoned vehicle located at the intersection of Route 193 and Route 9, approximately 11 miles from where the body was eventually discovered. An investigation of the vehicle – a black 2017 Chevrolet Impala that was rented by the victim from a business located in Bangor – determined that the vehicle had been involved in an accident at that intersection. The Impala was taken to the Maine State Crime Lab in Augusta to be processed.

State Police have received several calls with potential leads, but they encourage anyone who might have any information relevant to the investigation to contact them at the Bangor office at (207) 973-3700.

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