Augusta pharmacy robbers remain at large; police not clear whether they’re connected

Posted Nov. 29, 2012, at 1:25 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine’s capital city has been hit with three pharmacy robberies in the last 10 days, and police said Thursday they have no suspects yet.

The CVS Pharmacy on Capital Street was held up on Wednesday for the second time in less than two weeks, according to Augusta Deputy Chief Jared Mills. There was a pharmacy robbery at Walmart on Monday.

“We do have leads in both cases,” Mills said. “It’s unknown at this point if they are connected, [but] we’re certainly looking into that.”

On Monday, a man walked into the pharmacy area at Walmart on Civic Center Drive, demanded prescription drugs and fled the scene, according to Mills. Maine State Police tracked him with a canine unit without success.

A similar incident occurred at CVS Pharmacy around 3 p.m. Wednesday, when a man demanded prescription drugs and fled the scene. A state police canine track was also unsuccessful in that case, according to Mills. Weapons were not displayed in either case, he added, and nobody was injured.

On Nov. 17, a man robbed the same CVS Pharmacy that was held up Wednesday, and got away with oxycodone pills, Mills said.

Wednesday’s robbery marked the 53rd pharmacy holdup in the state this year and the ninth in Augusta alone in 2012, Mills explained.

“It’s doubled from last year at this time and it doesn’t sound like it’s going to be slowing down,” Mills said of the statewide total.

The man in the Walmart robbery is described as 6 feet tall and weighing 140-160 pounds, Mills said. He was wearing a dark jacket, blue jeans, a light blue FBI cap and dark boots. He was clean shaven.

The CVS robber was described as being roughly 5 feet 6 inches tall with a slender build. He weighs 130-150 pounds and wore a brown jacket, tan pants, dark gloves, sunglasses and a black hooded sweatshirt with a mask, Mills said.

Mills said there were several witnesses to all three robberies, and he’s hoping the public can help police identify suspects.

Anyone with information on the robberies is urged to contact Augusta police at 626-2370.

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