June 21, 2018
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Belfast woman schemed to have friend robbed, police say

By Abigail Curtis, BDN Staff

SWANVILLE, Maine — A woman schemed to have two men rob her friend early Sunday morning, according to police.

Cierra Cassidy, 20, of Belfast was visiting her friend at her Nickerson Road residence at about 1 a.m. when an unknown man had knocked on the door, forced entry to the home and wrestled the victim’s purse away from her before fleeing the house. The purse contained both credit cards and prescription drugs.

The victim called police to report the crime, and responding officials from the Waldo County Sheriff’s Office interviewed the two women who were home at the time of the robbery.

Although Cassidy initially acted as if she was shocked by the robbery, police said that they could tell she wasn’t.

“The deputies recognized right away that the Cassidy girl was being deceitful,” Chief Deputy Jeff Trafton said Monday. “It became obvious pretty quickly to the deputies that she wasn’t telling the truth.”

Police learned that Cassidy, Shawn Perito, 18, of Belfast and Jonathan McCue, 23, of Belfast had planned together to commit the robbery, according to a press release issued by the sheriff’s office.

“Ms. Cassidy had visited with the homeowner, knowing the robbery would take place,” it said. “Mr. McCue drove Mr. Perito to the residence and Mr. Perito entered the home and struggled with the homeowner to get her purse.”

McCue was charged last fall by police after he allegedly attempted to siphon heating oil from the home of a recently deceased woman.

All three were charged with robbery and taken to Waldo County Jail in Belfast to be booked.

A teenage girl also was in the getaway vehicle. She was questioned and released, police said.

More charges may be pending for that girl after the investigation is passed on to the district attorney’s office.

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