High bail set for woman accused of robbing Corinth pharmacy

Posted April 27, 2012, at 5:07 p.m.
Tanya Leigh Strout (right) talks to Benjamin Fowler, attorney of the day, during her initial court appearance via video conference. Strout is charged with robbery and theft for the January robbery of a Corith pharmacy.
Tanya Leigh Strout (right) talks to Benjamin Fowler, attorney of the day, during her initial court appearance via video conference. Strout is charged with robbery and theft for the January robbery of a Corith pharmacy. Buy Photo

BANGOR, Maine — The Kenduskeag woman accused of robbing a Corinth pharmacy in January most likely will remain at the Penobscot County Jail after a judge Friday set bail at $20,000 cash or $100,000 surety.

Tanya Leigh Strout, 38, did not enter pleas to charges of robbery, a Class B crime, and stealing oxycodone, a Class C crime, when she made her first appearance via video conference at the Penobscot Judicial Center from the jail.

Through lawyer-of-the-day, Benjamin Fowler, Strout asked for unsecured bail. He described Strout as a single mother, whose only income is Temporary Assistance to Needy Families. Fowler also said that Strout has been in recovery and sober for the past four years.

District Court Judge Gregory Campbell described the crime as “very serious.” He set a high bail, which was recommended by Tracy Collins Lacher, assistant district attorney for Penobscot County.

Strout was arrested Wednesday afternoon and charged with the Jan. 4 robbery of Community Pharmacy, located inside Whitney’s Family Supermarket. Formerly known as Tradewinds Marketplace, the complex is located at 689 Main St.

The robber presented a note stating that she had a weapon and would shoot if the clerk went anywhere near a telephone, police said in January. A weapon was never displayed.

Though Strout was identified as the the suspect shortly after the robbery, investigators waited to make an arrest until testing at the state crime lab in Augusta confirmed that the portion of paper found in Strout’s boyfriend’s car was an exact match to the piece left at the pharmacy, District Attorney R. Christopher Almy said Wednesday.

Further testing confirmed that fingerprints on the paper belonged to Strout, the prosecutor said.

Her boyfriend has not been charged, according to Almy.

If convicted, Strout faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $20,000 on the robbery charge and up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000 on the drug theft charge.

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