Woman pleads no contest to stealing a dozen puppies
LEWISBURG – A Chester County woman accused of stealing 12 pug pups worth $ 14,700 from Amish and Mennonite couples in Union County has not appealed against two theft allegations.
The plea agreement for Cherie Elaine Schast, 63, of Honey Brook, provides for a jail sentence followed by a probationary period and compensation.
A defendant will not admit wrongdoing if he does not hold a contest, but it will be treated as a guilty plea for conviction.
Schast, whose plea began at the beginning of her trial in Union County, was charged with stealing six pug pups on September 17, 2018 and July 3, 2017.
Puppies were stolen from David and Elizabeth Peachy in White Deer Twp. in 2018 and by Anthony and Mary Reiff in Limestone Twp., in 2017.
Both couples told investigators they wanted to sell the dogs and had received phone calls asking for puppies before the thefts.
On the same day the dogs were stolen from the Peachys, a Snyder County soldier encountered a trespassing complaint near a private kennel with pug pups.
The owner of this kennel also said he received an earlier phone call inquiring about the pups and asking what his home looked like according to the affidavit.
Police said they later learned that Schast told a former friend that she stole the puppies. She told the person that she was targeting the Amish because she believed they would be in the church for a long time, the affidavit reads.
Online court records show Schast is pending trial in Lancaster County on burglary and theft allegations.