PORTLAND, Maine — Two 23-year-old Dresden men have been charged with conspiring to rob a Walgreens pharmacy in Bath, U.S. Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II said Monday.
Nicholas Alexander was arrested on Saturday and Devin Alexander was arrested on Monday, Delahanty said. He did not indicate whether the two are related.
If convicted, the defendants face up to 20 years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000 and restitution.
Both defendants made initial appearances in federal court on June 17, 2013. Nicholas Alexander was ordered temporarily detained pending a detention hearing scheduled for June 20, 2013. Additional court appearances have not yet been scheduled for Devin Alexander.
The charges against the pair stem from a robbery on June 14, according to a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Portland.
Both defendants allegedly took part in the holdup, during which a note was handed to a pharmacist that read, “You have 20 seconds to give me all your Oxycodone 15s and 30s or I will blow your [expletive deleted] brains out,” Delahanty said, adding that Nicholas Alexander was given a bag containing 11 bottles of Oxycodone tablets.
The investigation into the robbery is being conducted by the Bath Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency and the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, Delahanty said.
He further said that the FBI has agreed to take an expanded role in the investigation of pharmacy robberies in Maine.
Bath Police Chief Michael Field called the investigation “an excellent example of local, state, county and federal law enforcement agencies working closely together.”