June 25, 2018
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Pharmacist gives would-be robber the brush-off at Pittsfield Rite Aid

By Ryan McLaughlin, BDN Staff

PITTSFIELD, Maine — Police responded to an attempted robbery Tuesday morning at the Rite Aid Pharmacy on Somerset Avenue.

Police Chief Steven Emery said a man walked into the store and handed a pharmacist a note saying he had a gun and demanding drugs.

The clerk, however, had none of it.

“She said, ‘Not today,’ and he turned around and walked out of the store,” Emery said.

The incident occurred about 11 a.m.

The would-be robber fled and Pittsfield police officers, state police troopers and Somerset County sheriff’s deputies attempted to track him with a K9, but were unsuccessful, according to Emery.

The man was wearing a yellow and blue bandana, sunglasses, camouflage pants and a light brown coat at the time of the attempted robbery, Emery said.

Tuesday’s incident marks the third in just over a month at Rite Aid stores in the area. The Rite Aid in Newport was held up on on Aug. 16 and again on Sept. 15. No arrests have been made in either of those cases.

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