BATH, Maine — A 23-year-old Dresden man pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday to conspiring to rob the Walgreens pharmacy on State Road in June.
Nicholas Alexander faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of $250,000 for the June 14 robbery, in which he and a Dresden woman stole hundreds of oxycodone tablets, U.S. Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II said in a release Wednesday.
Alexander’s sister-in-law, Devin Alexander, 23, pleaded guilty in July to conspiracy to interfere with commerce by robbery, but Nicholas Alexander pleaded not guilty at that time. He changed his plea Tuesday.
Just before 2 p.m. on June 14, Bath police responded to the State Road pharmacy, 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 about 20 years old and wearing a gray sweatshirt. They 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 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 June evening at the suspects’ home and allegedly seized oxycodone pills matching the description of those stolen from 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 admitted that she and Nicholas committed the robbery.
Bath police Detective David Beauregard interviewed Nathaniel Alexander, who allegedly told Beauregard that Nicholas committed the crime.
When police located Nicholas at a Wiscasset hotel and seized what they believed to be the remainder of the stolen pills, he admitted robbing the pharmacy because he “was dope sick,” MacDonald wrote.
Devin Alexander is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 17.
Nicholas Alexander will be sentenced after completion of a pre-sentence report by the U.S. Probation Office.