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Police searching for Pittsfield Rite Aid robber

Alex Barber | BDN
Alex Barber | BDN
A Pittsfield Police cruiser sits outside a closed Rite Aid Pharmacy on Somerset Avenue on Thursday, May 3, 2012. Pittsfield police, Maine State Police and the Somerset County Sheriff's Department were searching for the suspect who robbed the pharmacy on Thursday evening.
By Alex Barber and Dawn Gagnon, BDN Staff

PITTSFIELD, Maine — A manhunt is under way for a man suspected of robbing the Rite Aid pharmacy on Somerset Avenue on Thursday evening.

Pittsfield police and personnel from the Somerset County Sheriff’s Department and the Maine State Police converged at the scene about 7:30 p.m. A state police tracking dog was requested.

Few details were available Thursday night. The robbery remains under investigation.

Thursday’s Rite Aid robbery was the second in six months at the same location.

In October of last year, the pharmacy was robbed by a man who reportedly got away with prescription drugs. In that case, the suspect entered the store wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, a tan baseball hat, sunglasses, black pants and black gloves and gave the pharmacist a note demanding prescription drugs and a bag, Pittsfield police Sgt. Timothy Roussin said at that time.

Though the robber did not claim to have a gun, the pharmacist told police he believed the robber might be armed because of a bulge under his clothing and the manner in which he was behaving, Roussin said.

The robber, described as a white male between 5 feet 6 inches and 5 feet 9 inches tall and of medium build, remains at large.

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