Alleged robber locks self in Augusta pharmacy bathroom

Posted Oct. 24, 2012, at 8:40 a.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — An Augusta pharmacy was evacuated after a man who demanded prescription drugs barricaded himself inside the store’s bathroom and claimed he had explosive chemicals.

Police say 19-year-old Dylan Karczewski went to the Rite Aid at about 5 p.m. Tuesday and demanded drugs.

After he was given the prescription medication, he ran to the bathroom and locked himself inside.

Police say officers evacuated the store as a precaution, then broke into the bathroom and took the suspect into custody about 5:30 p.m. There was no evidence Karczewski possessed any explosive chemicals. Police did find some of the drugs allegedly stolen.

He was charged with theft and robbery. No one was hurt.