May 22, 2018
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Man robs Waterville pharmacy of oxycodone, still at large

By Alex Barber, BDN Staff

WATERVILLE, Maine — A man who walked into a CVS pharmacy on Sunday afternoon and made off with an unknown amount of oxycodone pills is still at large, Waterville Police Chief Joseph Massey said on Monday.

Massey said the robber walked into the CVS pharmacy on Kennedy Memorial Drive around 2:30 p.m. Sunday. He walked up to the pharmacy window and handed a note to the pharmacy technician. The note said he had a gun and that he wanted oxycodone pills. Massey said the pharmacy tech handed the note to the pharmacists, who then gave the suspect an unknown amount of pills.

“It didn’t take long to transpire and he never showed the weapon,” Massey said. “He left on foot and no one noticed if he got in a car.”

The robber appeared to be a male in his early 20s, Massey said. He was about 5 feet, 6 inches tall and weighed between 130 and 150 pounds. He was last seen wearing tan khaki pants, a hoodie and black curly wig covered with a stocking cap.

“We’re investigating it and we’re trying to track down every bit of information,” Massey said.

Massey cautioned other pharmacies that the trend of robberies is likely to continue.

“I don’t see it stopping in the near future or decreasing,” Massey said. “It wouldn’t be surprising if they continued to increase. Illegal diversion of prescription drugs is an epidemic. It’s ridiculous.

“I would just caution pharmacies to make sure if they have any safety protocol to review those with the staff and be on alert,” he added.

Anyone with information about the robbery is encouraged to call the Waterville Police Department at 872-5551.

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