Comments for: Maine averaging more than one pharmacy robbery per week, police say

Posted Dec. 08, 2012, at 10:54 a.m.
Last modified Dec. 08, 2012, at 8:16 p.m.

AUGUSTA | State police say Maine is now averaging more than one pharmacy robbery per week. A robbery at a Walgreens drugstore in Bangor on Tuesday was Maine’s 54th of the year — 30 more than all of last year. Police arrested the holdup man in Bangor 22 minutes …

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  • Anonymous

    Has anyone considered having a stock of placebo drugs under the counter for these guys to “steal.” Of course for added measure insert a harmless RFID chip for tracking.

    • westshores

      These pharmacy thieves know the difference. If your son or daughter worked behind the “bench” would you advise them to do anything other than give them what they want? What’s in it for the pharmacist or tech to irritate someone who may or may not be armed?

      • Anonymous

        Ok then mix up a batch that includes RFID chips but looks the same

        • Pharmacies already do this. Scumbag thieves, take note.

          • Anonymous

            idnk thanks.

      • budvoss2

        what about the potential danger the scumbag thieves put people in just for there drug habit .Giving the druggies what they want is not the answer. Giving them an early grave is.

        • westshores

          And who’s going to provide that early grave…you?

          • Bill Cat

            Yeah, another Keyboad Kommando. Got the word “druggies” all framed in his mind as an anonymous group to hate, he’s all set now.

    • Bill Cat

      Dang, now there’s a thought! How about maybe a powerful LAXATIVE looks and behaves just like oxys? Might not even need that RFID chip…

  • Anonymous

    Or maybe give these class A junkies a stiffer sentence so all the other idiots with an “illness” figure out their are actually consequences to their stupid actions!?

    • Bill Cat

      There it is right there, pally. Every mothers son and daughter — don’t matter about pants-peeing, falling down, drugged senseless and don’t even remember — is ‘accountable” for his or her actions. Seems somewhere the lines got blurred between punishment and treatment — one precedes the other.
      Pay the piper and THEN get the head straight…

    • Anonymous

      you think the threat of a jail sentence will stop this? I don’t claim to know the solution, but I can tell you that will not have an impact at all. When someone has a full on junk addiction there is only two things that go through their head; “I have drugs. I don’t have drugs. ” Period. Junkies never think of consequences just if they are going to feel high or sick.

  • Doctors need to step up and say no to prescribing the high risk painkillers, except in the most extreme situations.

    • Anonymous

      I think those drugs are critical for those who need them, and I can’t comment that they are prescribed too often, but certainly too much! For a tiny procedure where I needed no medicine I was prescribed a 30 day supply of percocets. Crazy

      • Yeah…I got a similar prescription when I had my wisdom teeth out. Didn’t bother filling it. Ice and NSAIDs for a few days were more than enough.

    • Anonymous

      I have said this for a long time…..They also need to start lowering the mg to ween the patient off the meds so they don’t become an addict. There are too many prescribed drugs being sold on the streets and there is only 1 way to get them. doctors need to be held responsible when their patients “share” — that means the patient doesn’t need them.

  • Anonymous

    time to put the pharmacies in a bulletproof bubble, only have small quanitities on hand, and have doctors no longer able to prescribe these narcotics without a second opinion…

    • westshores

      What happens when the robbers grab the high school kid working at the check out counter at the front of the store? Do the pharmacists give what they want then?

      • Bill Cat

        That occurred to me, Westie, but thinking back on it seems pretty rare one of these jimokes shows a weapon at all. And half of ’em might get dusted off pretty good for messing with a HS clerk who works on a logging crew every weekend. =) No telling, there no perfect method.

    • Bill Cat

      Every store downtown is like that in some cities, can’t say whether it makes a big plus. But it’d sure cut down on foolish buggers running in with nothing but a note… That second opinion idea, eh — pay for TWO doctors visits instead of one?

      My doctor once told me I was pretty ugly, so I asked for a second option. He stepped back, took a long look and told me: “Yep, and you’re fairly dumb to boot!” AAAARRRGGGHHH!. The divil made me say that, honest!

  • Anonymous

    Because hiring an in-store secuirty guard would be crazy…

    • Anonymous

      Do you crime, then the punishment needs to be much more severe…

      • westshores

        Many of these people are so zoned out that they are not thinking clearly. If they were were- wouldn’t they always rob a pharmacy at night? That’s why these people are so dangerous and volatile-they are messed up. Give them what they want and let the cops handle it.

    • And what would they do? Would they be armed? Would they draw down on one of these junkies, endangering every customer within firing range? This isn’t the movies.

  • Anonymous

    The numbers will only increase until the doctors, and law inforcement get serious about the situation!

  • Anonymous

    Drug thieves are making big bucks with selling theses pills one at a time. The drs. are not being as cautious about writing a pres. for pain meds. I had physical therapy as part of healing a broken wrist. THe therapist got mad at me as I would not and did Not take those pain meds. As I sat at the therapy table the other patients were noticeably on pain meds. I did meditation during part of my therapy and never felt a thing. And was not sore after. The USA has gone pill Mad. Catch those robbers and give them hard labor. Those robbers help destroy lives. Show no mercy. Also, most of those at phys. therapy actually drove themselves.

  • westshores

    There are many different drugs…how many batches would you suggest be pre mixed and pre chipped? My daughter is a pharmacist-trust me they won’t be part of these schemes-they have families at home.

    • sassyfrazz

      Bank tellers have families at home too, but they still have marked money that goes right into the bag with the rest of the cash in the till. It’s time to get serious about tracking pills. Big Pharma’s cash cow needs to be put down.

      • westshores

        In general bank robbers are not usually drugged out zombies with no regard for themselves or what is going to happen an hour from now. Have you had a gun stuck in your face or ribs-I have and it’s not something that you’ll forget right off. The people that insure these drug chains are not looking for heroes They don’t want employees or customers shot or harmed in any way. The police have been pretty successful lately in catching up with these people. When pharmacy robbers know that they’ll be met with more resistance they will become more violent toward the employees and the customers-let the cops handle it.

      • Anonymous

        Not really – your local bank is not going to be heaving dye packs into any bag.
        They have rules that mandate they hand over the money while trying to remember as much as they can about the robbers.
        No super hero movie stunts.

        • sassyfrazz

          I worked as a teller a few years back. They haven’t ‘heaved dye bags” in money bags for decades. They hand over the money – yes, and they have extensive training (not just rules) about what to watch out for. The money is marked via numbers (and given the leap in technology, probably something even better now). No life is ever worth money or drugs, but there are ways to track things now without anyone knowing.

          • County Escapee

            They haven’t used dye packs for decades? Then I guess the stories last spring and another last summer on Boston’s local news were hopelessly outdated.

    • Anonymous

      Probably just the Oxy which is what they mostly go for these days.
      But:
      All we are trying to do is suggest a way to reduce the danger your family finds themselves in. It doesn’t seem to me the safest path is to provide an open door.

  • Anonymous

    At some point one of these pharmacists is going to lose control and shoot someone. I can’t say I would blame them either.

    • Bill Cat

      Just takes one or two to set an example, just wing ’em. =)

    • Anonymous

      You ever think that a druggie could take the life of someone when robbing that Pharmacy. We are lucky so far. No drug is worth the life of a human. The Pharmacist are doing the right thing by just handing over whatever the robber wants and letting the police do their job.

      • Anonymous

        I am not condoning any violence. I am merely stating that someone is going to get hurt, and it probably will be the person robbing the establishment. The pharmacist will get off on a self defense claim no questions asked.

    • Anonymous

      I am surprised it has not happened. Years ago they used to have a prescription for everything behind their counter ;)

  • brian

    What is even sadder is Maine is experiencing one vehicle related fatality a day

    • westshores

      365 for 2012? I knew it was a bad year. I had no idea it was one per day.

      • Anonymous

        Better read it again bud, one a week ,not one a day!!!!

        • westshores

          I did read it again. “Maine is experiencing one vehicle related fatality per day.” Isn’t 1 per day x 365….365?

        • Anonymous

          Sorry Bub, my bad, but most of us try to keep on topic when commenting and if i read it right this article was about Pharmacy robberies. Please forgive me.

  • Anonymous

    I understand unions are responsible for all these pharmacy robberies, I just don’t understand how? Maybe a conservative could explain it to me?

    • Bill Cat

      Say what? If that was supposed to be a joke, you just fell off the stage, pally.

    • Anonymous

      Trying to pick a fight that’s not there? Must be a boring news day for the left.

  • Bill Cat

    I knew that, honest! Aside from the Zumba Scandal, drug store robberies are usually part of the main headlines (Maine headlines?) in BDN every week. All that aside, oxys and all that are a problems in every little town and burg from coast-to-coast. But no problem, when, or if, the Gov’t every puts the brakes on the makers of this epidemic — Purdue Pharma in CT — that same company will sell ‘patches’ to get off the crap. For $12./each.

  • Anonymous

    We should take all the stores in Maine and list them on bingo cards. Then you get the bingo card and if your stores get robbed in a row or cover all etc you win! Drug Store Hold Up Bingo. I should write an app for that.

  • Anonymous

    I dont think company executives of pharmacy companies themselves are to concerned, or they would hire a police/security detail knowing the statistical odds are within a week at least one store will be robbed
    They have insurance, the only people that could get hurt are the grunts that actually work at the stores.

    • Anonymous

      The financial loss to the pharmacy is not enough to warrant the employment of a security gaurd. The bean counters for the corporate offices of these companies will let the CEOs know when it is time to hire security.

  • Anonymous

    Move all methadone clinics out of Maine and these rats will
    follow them.

    • I hate methadone. On the street they call it “Liquid Handcuffs”. Did you know that methadone is also prescribed to the poor and uninsured for pain management? So, that just creates junkies, and that creates thieves. I’d rather be in pain than be a junkie.

      Did you also know that methadone clinics are Federally protected, like a rare whale? Towns can only zone them around the town. They can’t block them completely.

    • Anonymous

      Sadly no they won’t. Not every junky that has robbed a pharmacy has gone to the clinics, just as not everyone who goes to the clinics is bad. The clinics didn’t bring the junkies to Maine, it’s the other way around. Taking the clinics out will only increase this kind of desperate activity. Believe if you want, I don’t care, but those clinics help more people then you would think. Could there be a better system? Of course there always can be better, but its all there is aside from some of the draconian solutions some of you propose.

  • Anonymous

    People too lazy to find a job, easier to do drugs and rely on the hard working taxpayer.

  • Anonymous

    we need capital punishment Sooo….bad……put these scumbags in the electric chair!

  • Anonymous

    Pretty soon, all pharmacies will be drive-through only.

  • Anonymous

    I have also noticed that when you are getting your meds the pharmacy asks you your address and sometimes speaks very loud (especially to the elderly who may be deaf). I refuse to give my address and instead hand them my ID. It seems dangerous to be getting a med people commit crimes to get and giving your address out while strangers stand behind and listen.

  • Anonymous

    Prison sentences don’t seem to be a deterrent to these clowns…………. Robberies and stealing seems to become the norm…………… Maybe a different punishment might work…………… In biblical times a robber had his hands cut off; centainly wouln’t hurt their job prospects as they probably don’t work anyway…………. I know, I’m being extreme; but how about this; Put the guy/gal in a stock in the public square for 24 hrs. and let the public humiliate this person by throwing tomatoes or caning the backside……. Oh well, just a thought…………..

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