Camden Rite Aid robber gets 4 years in jail for stealing drugs

Posted Dec. 07, 2011, at 1:25 p.m.
Last modified Dec. 07, 2011, at 5:25 p.m.

ROCKLAND, Maine — A man who robbed Camden’s Rite Aid will serve four years in jail, a judge decided Wednesday.

Sean Higgins, 29, of Camden walked into the store on Aug. 2 and handed pharmacists a note demanding drugs. Higgins implied “he was holding a pistol inside his right hand under his sweatshirt,” the report filed in Knox County Superior Court states.

Once Higgins had two bottles of oxycodone and six bottles of Ritalin in his hands, he bolted from the store.

One of the pill bottles had a GPS tracking device in it, which allowed police to track it to a local parking lot where they retrieved some evidence.

Higgins was traveling south when police arrested him in Norwich, Conn., on Aug. 6. Police there said he was behaving suspiciously on the street. When an officer questioned Higgins, he reportedly gave evasive answers and then took off on foot. After catching Higgins, Connecticut police discovered that he was wanted in Maine for the alleged robbery.

On Wednesday, Justice Jeffrey Hjelm sentenced Higgins to serve eight years in jail for robbery and six months in jail for stealing drugs. He had a conviction of unlawful possession of hydrocodone from May, for which he was sentenced to six months in jail. Of the jail time accumulated, Higgins will only serve four years in jail and two years of probation, according to court documents. He also was ordered to pay $1,972.94 to Rite Aid.

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