May 24, 2018
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Newport Rite Aid robbed for second time in a month

By Alex Barber, BDN Staff

NEWPORT, Maine — The Rite Aid Pharmacy on the corner of Routes 2 and 7 was robbed for the second time in a month on Sunday afternoon.

Police received a report of a robbery at the pharmacy at 2:05 p.m. Newport police, Penobscot County Sheriff’s Department and Maine State Police responded to the call.

The suspect “went into the store, presented a note demanding prescription drugs. He did make off with drugs,” said Newport police Lt. Randy Wing.

The suspect didn’t display a weapon. Wing wouldn’t say how many or what kind of prescription drugs were taken. No one in the store was injured.

Wing described the suspect as a white male in his 20s with a full, dark beard with scruffy beard growth down his neck. He’s approximately 6 feet tall, medium build and was last seen wearing a Boston Red Sox cap, a dark pullover sweatshirt with colorful graphics on the front, dark jeans and wrap-around sunglasses.

“He was seen leaving the store running through the wooded area towards the tractor-trailer parking area next to State Farm [along Main Street],” said Wing.

The suspect got into a small silver car, likely a General Motors make, he said.

It’s been exactly one month to the day since the Newport Rite Aid was last robbed of prescription drugs.

On Aug. 16, a white male walked into the store and stole an undisclosed amount of drugs. Wing said they are still investigating that case.

It “doesn’t appear to be” the same suspect, said Wing.

Rite Aid Pharmacy remained closed more than an hour after the robbery took place.

Anyone with information on either pharmacy robbery is asked to call the Newport Police Department at 368-3263.

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