Bucksport Rite-Aid robbed again, suspect still at large

By Dawn Gagnon, BDN Staff
Posted Aug. 15, 2012, at 7:19 p.m.

BUCKSPORT, Maine — Bucksport police are investigating a robbery early Wednesday evening at the Rite Aid Pharmacy on U.S. Route 1 in which an unidentified man got away with prescription drugs.

The incident was reported about 6:45 p.m., Bucksport police Sgt. David Winchester said late Wednesday night. As of 10 p.m., the robber remained on the loose, he said.

Winchester said Bucksport police, who are being assisted by the Maine State Police and Hancock County Sheriff’s Department, are pursuing leads. He said that a police tracking dog also was brought to the crime scene.

According to Winchester, Rite Aid employees reported that the pharmacy had been robbed shortly before 7 p.m. He said the suspect was described as a thinly built male between 6 feet and 6 feet 3 inches tall who was wearing blue jeans and a dark-colored hooded sweatshirt.

The man’s face was concealed by a mask and he was carrying a cane, Winchester said. Police suspect that the cane might have been a prop because the suspect fled the pharmacy on foot.

The same pharmacy was held up on June 26, when a man wearing a camouflage jacket and whose face was covered with what appeared to be a surgical mask entered the store and demanded painkillers, which he received, Winchester said at the time.

Winchester said that police believe the suspect in that incident might have had an accomplice.

No one has been arrested in connection with that robbery, which remains under investigation.

About half of the pharmacy robberies in Maine this year have been at Rite Aids, according to year-to-date data collected at the end of May.

Winchester urged anyone with information about the robbery or the suspect to call Bucksport police at 469-7951. He said anonymous tips can be left by calling the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department’s tip line at 667-1401.

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