Police arrest suspect in Augusta CVS Pharmacy robbery

By Ryan McLaughlin, BDN Staff
Posted March 26, 2013, at 1:36 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — An Augusta man accused of holding up a CVS Pharmacy in that city made his first court appearance in Bangor on Tuesday afternoon following his arrest earlier in the day.

James Rich, 28, is facing a charge of federal robbery, a Class A offense punishable by up to 20 years in prison and a fine up to $250,000.

Rich was taken into custody without incident at his home in Augusta on Tuesday morning by a police detective and federal agents, said Augusta Deputy Chief Jared Mills.

Rich appeared before Judge Margaret Kravchuk in court on Tuesday.

According to an affidavit filed in court by FBI agent Mark Miller, Rich had handed a pharmacist a threatening note upon entering the Capitol Street pharmacy on Nov. 28.

The note, which was left at the scene after Rich had fled, stated “Don’t say a word. Give me your oxys. I am [explitive] serious,” according to the affidavit.

The pharmacist handed a second pharmacist the note, and they complied with Rich’s demands, giving him two full bottles of Oxycodone pills. Rich was not armed and had fled the scene on foot.

In mid-December, a confidential informant told an Augusta police detective he believed an individual named James had committed the crime, according to the documents. The informant did not know the suspect’s last name, only that he was living at a specific residence in Augusta.

Detectives were familiar with the residence and identified Rich as one of the individuals living there. The informant also told detectives that Rich had bragged to friends about committing the robbery.

Rich placed a telephone call to Augusta detectives on Feb. 15, according to Miller’s affidavit, and upon meeting with police later that day, Rich confessed to committing the robbery, admitting he was addicted to opiates at the time, and he never intended to harm anyone.

“He said he thought about committing the robbery for some time before working up to encourage to do it,” the affidavit said.

The Capitol Street CVS Pharmacy was robbed three times in 2012, according to police, twice in November.

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