Two more charged in connection with Ellsworth Shaw’s robbery

Posted April 05, 2014, at 12:35 p.m.

ELLSWORTH, Maine — Two more Hancock County residents have been arrested in connection with a March 31 robbery at a local supermarket pharmacy, according to police.

Michael E. Robbins, 22, of Sorrento and Curtis Knudsen, 22 of Gouldsboro each were arrested Friday and charged with robbery and theft of drugs, Ellsworth police indicated Friday. Both men remained in custody at Hancock County Jail in Ellsworth at noon Saturday, according to a corrections officer.

A third defendant, Bruce Wilbur, 23, of Hancock, was arrested on robbery and theft charges on April 1, the day after the robbery. According to police, Wilbur had his face partially covered with clothing around 5 p.m. March 31, when he handed a note demanding pain medication to a pharmacy clerk.

After the suspect was given some pills, he allegedly ran out, around the back of the store and into the woods. Responding officers tracked him to a nearby apartment complex, where they believe someone picked him up in a car and drove off, eluding police.

Police have not indicated what kind or amount of medication Wilbur is accused of taking from Shaw’s. They have indicated on the Ellsworth Police Department’s Facebook page, however, that 120 of the stolen pills were recovered Friday when Robbins and Knudsen were arrested.

Police have not indicated what roles Robbins and Knudsen played in the robbery and have not described the circumstances of their arrests. Maine Drug Enforcement Agency has assisted Ellsworth Police Department in the case.

Police tracked down Wilbur earlier in the week with the help of some supermarket security camera footage and Facebook.

Not long after the robbery occurred, a pharmacy counter clerk told police he thought the alleged suspect had been in the store the previous day. Police went back through the store’s security camera footage and came up with a clear image of Wilbur allegedly standing at the pharmacy counter on March 30, the day before the robbery, as he was buying some syringes.

Police posted the photo on the department’s Facebook page and indicated that the person in the photo was a suspect. After seeing the photo, Wilbur went to talk to police on April 1. He initially denied involvement but then confessed while interviewed by police, according to Ellsworth police Lt. Harold Page.

A charge of robbery is a Class B felony in Maine, punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a maximum fine of $20,000. Theft of drugs, a Class C felony, is punishable by up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

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