June 18, 2018
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Portland man arrested in connection with CVS pharmacy robbery

By Ryan McLaughlin, BDN Staff

PORTLAND, Maine — A local man was arrested and charged with robbery after allegedly holding up a Congress Street pharmacy Friday morning.

Jason Campbell, 39, entered CVS pharmacy at 8:45 a.m., and he displayed what appeared to be an explosive device, according to Portland Assistant Police Chief Vern Malloch.

“He claimed to be suicidal and demanded drugs,” Malloch said.

After receiving an undisclosed amount of prescription drugs, Campbell left the store on foot, Malloch said.

A suspicious device was discovered by police in a trash can outside the store, forcing Congress Street to be shut down for several hours.

Malloch said that examination of the device proved it was not an explosive, but it was constructed with several different components and intended to look like an explosive.

It is believed the device found is the same one Campbell used in the robbery, Malloch said.

Campbell, who was identified by a CVS employee, was arrested at his Alder Street residence and taken to Cumberland County Jail.

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