ORONO, Maine — The woman arrested early Thursday morning after an alleged robbery at the Big Apple convenience store on Route 2 was charged that afternoon in connection with an alleged attempted robbery Tuesday at a Circle K in Brewer.
Cara Hussey, a 31-year-old Bangor transient, is charged with two counts of robbery in the separate incidents.
Hussey was charged in connection with the Brewer incident after she was interviewed at the Penobscot County Jail by Brewer police Detective Kristie Bouchard, Brewer police said in a press release.
“Similarities between the two crimes and Hussey’s description led to her being questioned by Brewer investigators,” Deputy Chief Jason Moffitt said.
Police were dispatched about 5:30 a.m. Tuesday to the Brewer Circle K convenience store at 304 N. Main St., after Hussey allegedly handed the clerk a threatening note that stated she had a firearm and demanded money, Moffitt said.
No weapon was displayed and when the clerk refused to give her any cash, Hussey allegedly fled and headed toward the North Brewer Shopping Center.
The incident in Orono was reported to Maine State Police about 4:15 a.m. by a witness who reported seeing Hussey and a clerk fighting, Orono police Capt. Joshua Ewing said Tuesday. State police subsequently radioed Orono and Veazie police.
Hussey, a former employee of the Big Apple store, apparently went to the store with a man after her car ran out of gas, Ewing said. As the clerk went outside to help the man, Hussey went into the store and located the keys to the safe, the police captain said.
When the clerk came back inside, Hussey was in possession of money, and the clerk attempted to apprehend her before police could arrive, Ewing said. Hussey allegedly resisted, which elevated her charge from theft to robbery.
Police arrived quickly and arrested Hussey, Ewing said. The man she was with was not charged with a crime.
According to BDN court archives, Hussey was arrested on cocaine trafficking charges in 2003. In 2010, she was sentenced to 46 days in jail on drug charges.
Hussey is being held at Penobscot County Jail. She is expected to make her first appearance before a judge Friday at the Penobscot Judicial Center.
If convicted, she faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $20,000.