Dresden woman pleads guilty to robbing Bath pharmacy, brother-in-law pleads not guilty

By Beth Brogan, BDN Staff
Posted July 24, 2013, at 2:27 p.m.

BATH, Maine — A 23-year-old Dresden woman charged with robbing the Bath Walgreens pharmacy in June pleaded guilty in federal court to the charges, but her brother-in-law, who was charged with the same crime, pleaded not guilty.

Devin M. Alexander and Nicholas A. Alexander, both 23 and both of Dresden, are each charged with one count of conspiracy to interfere with commerce by robbery for the June 14 crime.

Just before 2 p.m. that day, Bath police responded to the pharmacy on State Road, where employees reported that a man had handed the clerk a note demanding, “You have 20 seconds to give me all of your Oxycodone 15s and 30s or I will blow your [expletive] brains out,” according to a statement by FBI Special Agent Thomas MacDonald.

The pharmacist then gave the man a bag containing 1,100 oxycodone tablets.

Witnesses described the perpetrator as a man of about 20 wearing a gray sweatshirt, and said he and a woman who was in the store at the same time fled in a silver sport utility vehicle.

After police circulated a press release and photographs of the suspects taken from video surveillance, two “tipsters,” both claiming to be family members, called police the following day and identified the couple as Nathaniel Alexander — Nicholas Alexander’s brother — and Nathaniel’s wife, Devin Alexander, according to court documents. They said Nicholas Alexander was known to drive a silver SUV.

Prosecutors said driver’s license photographs “strongly resembled” Devin Alexander but appeared to more closely resemble Nicholas Alexander than his brother. A gray SUV was registered to NIcholas Alexander.

Bath police, the FBI, Maine Drug Enforcement Agency and Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office deputies executed a search warrant that evening at the suspects’ home and allegedly seized oxycodone pills matching the description of those stolen from the Walgreens.

In his statement, MacDonald wrote that Devin Alexander at first denied participating in the crime, but after MacDonald told the woman her tattoo matched that on the woman in the surveillance video, she allegedly admitted that she and Nicholas committed the robbery.

Bath Police Detective David Beauregard interviewed Nathaniel Alexander, who allegedly told Beauregard that Nicholas had committed the crime.

When police located Nicholas at a Wiscasset hotel and allegedly seized the remainder of the stolen pills, he allegedly admitted robbing the pharmacy because he “was dope sick,” MacDonald wrote.

On July 17, Devin Alexander pleaded guilty to felony robbery. She is scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 17.

Her attorney, Michael Whipple of Portland, had no comment on Wednesday

Nicholas Alexander pleaded not guilty on July 16 and was released to a rehabilitation program pending a trial sometime in September, according to court documents.

J. Hilary Billings, at the federal defender’s office, did not immediately return a phone call on Wednesday.

Each suspect faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a maximum fine of $250,000.

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