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Chelsea man charged with robbing Fryeburg Rite Aid

By Tony Reaves, Sun Journal

FRYEBURG, Maine — A Chelsea man accused of robbing a local pharmacy of painkillers last week is being held on $7,000 cash bail.

Michael E. Freeman, 25, of Chelsea was arrested on charges of robbery and operating after suspension.

According to a police report by officer Richard Murray of the Fryeburg Police Department, Freeman entered the Rite Aid store on Bridgton Road and handed the pharmacist a note that read: “Oxycodone 30’s in a bag and no one will get hurt, now.”

A witness said a man came running from the pharmacy and jumped into a red pickup truck. Fryeburg police officers pulled Freeman over at the intersection of routes 5 and 302, where traffic was heavy due to the Fryeburg Fair.

After calling the truck’s owner, Freeman’s employer, and getting permission to search the truck, police found the note, a Rite Aid bag and the pills.

The employer said Freeman took the truck without permission and said Freeman wasn’t allowed to use it because he has no license.

Freeman was transported to Oxford County Jail in Paris. His arraignment is set for Jan. 8 in Oxford County Superior Court, Paris.

© 2012 the Sun Journal (Lewiston, Maine)

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