ROCKLAND, Maine — A man accused of holding up the local Rite Aid with a machete and then stealing drugs from the store’s pharmacy pleaded not guilty Wednesday to the five criminal charges he faces.
Superior Court Justice S. Kirk Studstrup accepted the pleas to the robbery, burglary, stealing drugs, criminal threatening and theft charges at Joshua Powell’s arraignment in Knox County Superior Court. Powell, 23, of Rockland will be put on a trial list, Studstrup said.
All the charges stem from a Sept. 30 event during which police say the man went into Rite Aid in Rockland armed with a machete and threatened pharmacy staff until they gave him drugs, which he then consumed before police surrounded him.
Powell faces up to 56 years in jail and fines totaling $67,000 for the crimes.
Robbery is a Class A crime punishable by up to 40 years in prison and a $50,000 fine. The burglary, stealing drugs and criminal threatening charges are Class C crimes, each punishable by up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine. The final theft charge is a Class D crime punishable by up to 364 days in prison and a $2,000 fine.
Powell remains at the Knox County Jail on $100,000 cash bail.