Police say Cushing man robbed Rockland pharmacy at knifepoint

Elbert Ranquist Jr.
Knox County Jail
Elbert Ranquist Jr.
Posted Aug. 06, 2013, at 9:48 a.m.
Last modified Aug. 06, 2013, at 2:09 p.m.

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ROCKLAND, Maine — A 42-year-old Cushing man has been arrested, charged with the Monday afternoon knifepoint robbery of a Rockland pharmacy.

Elbert Ranquist Jr. was arrested at about 8:30 p.m. Monday and charged with Class A robbery and Class C stealing drugs, said Rockland Deputy Police Chief Wally Tower.

Ranquist was arrested at his residence by an officer from the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency.

Ranquist allegedly walked into Jensen’s Pharmacy at the Breakwater Marketplace shortly before 6 p.m. Monday, wearing a sweatshirt with a hood pulled over his head, according to Tower. Ranquist pulled out a folding knife and demanded drugs from an employee, police said.

A small of amount of oxycodone was handed over to Ranquist who then fled the store, Tower said. The staff at the pharmacy recognized Ranquist, Tower said.

Ranquist was also on probation for a 2009 arson conviction, Tower said. The fire occurred at a house on Hill Street in Rockland.

This was the second reported robbery at Jensen’s in little more than a year. Last July 31, someone walked into the pharmacy wearing a sports coat and a fedora and demanded drugs.

Michael R. Willis, 29, of South Thomaston, was arrested in January and charged with robbery, aggravated trafficking in drugs, stealing drugs and possession of drugs in relation to that incident. He is scheduled to plead to charges on Aug. 15 in Knox County Superior Court. The terms of his plea agreement have not been released.

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