2 Bangor men indicted in connection with trio of pharmacy robberies

Posted Nov. 28, 2012, at 6:32 p.m.
John C. Campbell
Brewer Police Department
John C. Campbell
Kirk DePhilippo
Bangor Police Department
Kirk DePhilippo

BANGOR — Two Bangor men were indicted Wednesday by the Penobscot County grand jury in connection with three separate pharmacy robberies.

John C. Campbell, 35, was charged with two counts of robbery and one count of theft by unauthorized taking, and Kirk DePhilippo Jr., 24, faces a robbery charge of his own. Campbell previously was identified by police as a Brewer resident.

Campbell was arrested Oct. 7 after he stepped off a Greyhound bus in Bangor to find police waiting for him.

Campbell fled the city by boarding a bus to New York soon after an attempted robbery Sept. 30 at the Rite Aid on Wilson Street in Brewer and another robbery of the Hannaford grocery store pharmacy on Union Street in Bangor that happened a little more than an hour later, according to police.

Campbell told detectives he stole drugs to feed his opiate addiction. He said he was unemployed and didn’t have access to health care.

The theft charge stems from Campbell’s taking a 2010 Toyota Scion from its owner under “circumstances that weren’t exactly what he portrayed them to be,” Brewer Public Safety Director Perry Antone said.

The Scion was recovered undamaged Oct. 2 in New Jersey, where Campbell was pulled over for driving with a suspended license, arrested and then allowed to make bail.

DePhilippo was arrested about noon Oct. 15 and charged with robbery. The Rite Aid located at the corner of Union and Fourteenth streets was robbed Oct. 8, and three people were handcuffed and taken into custody about an hour later at 27 Webster Ave. North. Only one of them, John D. Harmon Jr., 27, of Dover-Foxcroft, was arrested. He was charged with Class B robbery and indicted Oct. 31.

Police say DePhilippo drove the getaway car. He was arrested after a Bangor police detective spotted him at Fairmount Market a week after the robbery.

Court documents state that Harmon told police he committed the robbery to pay off a drug debt to DePhilippo.

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