Rite Aid robbery suspects tell judge they can’t make bail; no guns found

Posted June 01, 2012, at 5:36 p.m.
Sheldon Hopkins
Bangor Police Department
Sheldon Hopkins
Darien Young
Bangor Police Department
Darien Young

BANGOR, Maine — The two men charged in connection with the Wednesday night robbery of the Rite Aid at Union and Fourteenth streets told a judge Friday that it is unlikely they will be able to make bail.

Superior Court Justice Ann Murray set bail at $100,000 cash for Sheldon Hopkins, 33, and at $10,000 cash or $20,000 surety for Darien Young, 18. Both men are homeless, according to court documents.

A higher bail was requested for Hopkins than Young by Penobscot County Assistant District Attorney Susan Pope because of Hopkins’ extensive criminal record in Maine and North Carolina, she told Murray.

The pair’s next court appearance was set for July 10. They most likely will enter not guilty pleas then after being indicted later this month by the Penobscot County grand jury.

Pope told the judge that the men went into the store about 7:50 p.m. Wednesday. Young went to the front counter while Hopkins went to the pharmacy, the prosecutor said Friday.

Each man handed employees identical notes that demanded prescription drugs and said the men had guns, Pope said. No guns were recovered.

The men allegedly stole narcotics, including oxycodone.

The two were arrested a short time later in a wooded area between Sunset Avenue and the southbound lane of Interstate 95 after fleeing on foot, according to Bangor police. An off-duty officer was at the Rite Aid, located at 556 Union St., at the time of the robbery.

It was the second robbery in nine days at that Rite Aid location. It was robbed May 21 by a man who passed a note to the pharmacist through the drive-thru window saying he had a bomb.

An arrest has not been made in that case.

Bail conditions for Hopkins and Young include not being at any Rite Aid store, no contact with witnesses or victims, no possession of dangerous weapons, no use of alcohol or drugs and testing for the same.

If convicted, each man faces up to 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $50,000. They also could be ordered to pay restitution to Rite Aid for its cost of the drugs.

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