Madrid Township woman pleads guilty to pharmacy robbery

Posted Oct. 17, 2013, at 7:24 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — A 28-year-old Madrid Township woman Thursday waived indictment and pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in connection with the robbery of a Kingfield pharmacy on June 3.

Michelle Wilcox was charged in federal court July 23 with one count of interference with commerce by robbery. She has been held without bail since then.

A sentencing date has not been set.

By pleading guilty, Wilcox admitted that she went into the Western Maine Pharmacy about 4:40 p.m. June 3 and demanded in a note, written on orange paper: “Give me all the 8mg subs you have. I have a weapon and will use it. Please cooperate and it will be done.”

A woman with a similar voice had called the pharmacy about an hour earlier and asked if the pharmacy had 8-milligram Suboxone strips, the complaint, filed in July, said.

Suboxone and methadone are medications used to wean addicts from opiates and opioids.

Franklin County deputies recognized Wilcox after viewing the store’s surveillance videos, the court document said. She was found and stopped in Phillips.

Wilcox, who had a prescription for Suboxone, told deputies that she stole the Suboxone strips because her medication had been stolen, the complaint said. She had hidden the strips in a child’s car seat that was in her car.

A weapon was not found in Wilcox’s car, according to the complaint.

She faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

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