Police searching for man who robbed Newport Rite Aid of drugs

Posted Aug. 17, 2012, at 8:16 a.m.
Last modified Aug. 17, 2012, at 6:39 p.m.
A surveillance picture of the man suspected of robbing a Rite Aid pharmacy in Newport on Thursday.
A surveillance picture of the man suspected of robbing a Rite Aid pharmacy in Newport on Thursday.
A closer look at a suspect believed to have robbed Rite Aid pharmacy in Newport on Thursday, August 16, 2012.
Photo courtesy of Newport Police Department
A closer look at a suspect believed to have robbed Rite Aid pharmacy in Newport on Thursday, August 16, 2012.

NEWPORT, Maine — Police are searching for a man who robbed a Rite Aid pharmacy on Thursday evening.

The pharmacy located on the corner of Main Street and Moosehead Trail was robbed at about 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Newport Police Chief Leonard Macdaid said.

“The suspect took off on foot with an undisclosed amount of drugs,” Macdaid said Friday morning.

Police are still investigating, he said. He wouldn’t release any other details.

Macdaid was unavailable for further comment late Friday afternoon.

It’s the second pharmacy robbery in as many days. A Rite Aid pharmacy on U.S. Route 1 in Bucksport was robbed of an undisclosed amount of prescription drugs on Wednesday evening. That suspect is also still at large.

There have been nearly 40 pharmacy robberies in Maine already this year, compared with just 28 robberies in all of 2011. 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.

The Newport robber is described as a white male wearing a black hat, sunglasses, tan pants and a black jacket. Anyone with information should call the Newport Police Department at 368-3263.

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