Police arrest woman who allegedly was accomplice in pharmacy robbery

Posted Aug. 01, 2012, at 12:54 p.m.

WATERVILLE, Maine — A Farmingdale woman who was an alleged accomplice in a June 12 robbery in Waterville was arrested Tuesday, according to police.

Alexandra Wysote, 23, is facing a Class B felony charge of robbery stemming from an incident earlier this summer at Walmart, according to Waterville Deputy Chief Charles Rumsey.

Wysote’s boyfriend, Shawn Michael Merrill, 26, was arrested on June 15 in Chelsea and charged with the Walmart robbery, along with a robbery in Fairfield.

Through an investigation, Waterville police Detective Chris Paradis was able to determine that Wysote, who has two children, including one with Merrill, drove her accomplice to the Walmart on June 12, waited in a vehicle during the robbery and drove him from the scene, according to Rumsey.

“According to what our investigator was able to determine she knew that he was going to committing the robbery,” said Rumsey.

Surveillance videos and multiple interviews led police to Wysote, and when police asked her to turn herself in, she failed to do so.

“We wanted her to make arrangements for her children and she failed to do that,” Rumsey said.

Police went to Wysote’s Farmingdale home on Tuesday, arrested her and charged her. She faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted.

Wysote, who remains in the Kennebec County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail, is due in court Sept. 25.

“It was very good work on [Paradis] part,” Rumsey said. “We’re always on the lookout for when we handle a case like this pharmacy robbery who else might have been involved and how can we make sure we present the best case to the prosecutors and make sure everyone who was responsible is held accountable.”

Merrill, who was taken into custody after leading police on a pursuit only three hours after robbing a Rite Aid pharmacy in Fairfield on June 15, is also responsible for two robberies in Connecticut, according to officials in that state.

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