May 22, 2018
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Man accused of pharmacy robberies in Fairfield, Waterville also a suspect in Connecticut

By Ryan McLaughlin, BDN Staff

WATERVILLE, Maine — Shawn Michael Merrill, the man accused of multiple pharmacy robberies in central Maine, is also a suspect in a pair of holdups in Connecticut, according to police.

Merrill, a Waterville transient who was arrested Friday after crashing his motorcycle following a high-speed pursuit, is accused of five robberies — three in Maine and two in Connecticut — in a span of nine days.

Merrill, who is currently being held at the Kennebec County Jail without bail, was nabbed by state police after he allegedly held up the Rite Aid pharmacy in Fairfield. He is also a suspect in incidents in Randolph and Waterville, according to Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland.

Detective Sgt. Mario Arriga of the Plainfield, Conn., police department told the Bangor Daily News on Wednesday that Merrill is a suspect in a June 7 robbery of a Walgreens Pharmacy in the town of Dayville, Conn., and a June 10 holdup of a CVS Pharmacy in Plainfield.

“I have been in contact with several [police] individuals up in Maine, including a Waterville detective,” said Arriga.

Authorities from Connecticut are planning to extradite Merrill from Maine, but since he faces multiple charges here that could take awhile, according to McCausland.

“Typically what occurs is that since he’s facing as serious a charge here as he is in Connecticut, we’ll probably get first crack at him and then he would likely be transferred back to Connecticut to face charges there,” McCausland said.

Arriga, who said Merrill was captured on video surveillance in both Connecticut robberies, said “we do plan on visiting Maine in the near future” to conduct an interview with Merrill.

Merrill has family members in Connecticut, according to Arriga, and they have been cooperating with police, he said.

On June 12, Merrill robbed a pharmacy at Walmart in Waterville and escaped with oxycodone pills, the same day he robbed an IGA in Randolph, according to police.

Friday, he struck again, holding up the Rite-Aid in Fairfield, this time at gunpoint, once again getting away with oxycodone pills, police say, but was arrested by state troopers in Chelsea after a high-speed pursuit.

“It was just a matter of finding him and Friday was when he pulled his latest robbery. Things came together fairly quickly,” McCausland said. “He was a major threat to public safety and that threat is no longer there.”

There have been 23 pharmacy robberies in the state so far this year, according to McCausland.

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