October 20, 2017
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Federal grand jury indicts Cushing man in Rockland pharmacy robbery

By Stephen Betts, BDN Staff
Knox County Jail | BDN
Knox County Jail | BDN
Elbert Ranquist Jr.

PORTLAND, Maine — A 42-year-old Cushing man faces up to 20 years in prison after he was indicted last week, accused of robbing a Rockland pharmacy in August.

Elbert Ranquist Jr. was indicted on Nov. 20 by a federal grand jury for interference with commerce by robbery. Ranquist has been held at the Knox County Jail in Rockland since his arrest on the evening of the Aug. 5 robbery of Jensen Pharmacy.

The state originally charged Ranquist with robbery but acknowledged in court hearings that the FBI was investigating the case on behalf of the U.S. Attorney’s Office. The maximum sentence under federal law is 20 years in prison with a fine of up to $250,000, followed by up to three years of supervised release.

An affidavit filed by police in Rockland District Court in August stated that Curtis Jensen, owner of Jensen’s Pharmacy reported he had been robbed by Ranquist. Jensen said he recognized Ranquist because he had been in the pharmacy two times earlier in the day to pick up prescriptions.

According to the affidavit, Ranquist went to the counter, pulled out a knife with a 4- to 5-inch blade and demanded oxycodone pills.

Ranquist was on probation for an arson conviction when arrested in connection with the pharmacy robbery.


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