Belfast woman charged in alleged check thefts

By Tanya Mitchell | Oct 16, 2012
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Belmont — A 29-year-old Belfast woman is facing charges stemming from an allegation by a former male acquaintance that she stole his checks and cashed them at local stores after he ended their relationship.

Officers with the Waldo County Sheriff's Office summoned Alicia M. Santamore, 29, on charges of theft by unauthorized taking and forgery Wednesday, Oct. 10.

The investigation by WCSO began when the alleged victim went to the Belfast Police Department after learning two checks had been cashed at Perry's Qwik Stop in Belfast last month.

Belfast Police Chief Mike McFadden said the victim learned about the checks when store employees contacted him after the checks were returned because the account was closed.

Once Belfast police learned Santamore had allegedly stolen the checks from the man's home in Belmont, however, the investigation was turned over to WCSO.

Waldo County Chief Deputy Jeff Trafton said the victim believed Santamore was romantically interested in him.

"He was in his 40s, she's in her 20s," said Trafton. "She immediately started taking advantage of him. Eventually, he found out she was taking him for a ride."

The man eventually told Santamore to remove her belongings from his residence and leave the premises, and Trafton said that's when the alleged victim believes the checks were stolen.

"The first couple of checks he took care of for her," said Trafton, referring to the two checks cashed at the Belfast store from the closed account.

But once the man discovered Santamore had written out another $460 worth of checks at more stores in Morrill and Belfast, Trafton said, the alleged victim opted to go ahead with pressing charges.

Santamore is scheduled to appear at Fifth District Court in Belfast Tuesday, Nov. 20.

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