RANDOLPH, Maine — The Kennebec County Sheriff’s Department is on the lookout for a woman wanted in connection with an attempted robbery of OxyContin on Tuesday from a Randolph grocery store. The suspect also made verbal threats during the incident.
Though no arrest had been made as of late Wednesday afternoon, Sheriff Randall Liberty said police are examining evidence gathered at the scene, including video surveillance footage.
“This is another example of a potentially violent crime related directly to opiate addiction. We have several leads in this case and we will catch this suspect,” Liberty said in a news release.
The incident occurred at 4:30 p.m. at Goggins IGA, when a middle-aged female approached the store drive-up window and attempted to illegally obtain the powerfully addictive painkiller, according to the news release.
A teller at the window told police that the woman handed over a note indicating that she was unable to speak. She then handed over a second note requesting that OxyContin, at the highest dosage possible, be turned over to her.
The suspect then “stated that she wanted four full bottles of OxyContin and told the teller not to contact the police until five minutes after she left. She stated that she had someone in the store and that there would be a bloodbath,” according to Liberty. He said the teller did not see any weapons.
The store employee closed the drive-up window and called 911. The suspect remained at the window for several minutes and then fled on foot. Kennebec County sheriff’s deputies and officers from the Gardiner Police Department converged on the store within minutes, securing the crime scene and interviewing possible witnesses.
The suspect is described as being between 40 and 50 years old, about 5 feet 2 inches tall and heavyset, At the time of the incident, she was wearing bluejeans, a jean jacket with a blue hooded sweat shirt and sunglasses.
Anyone with information related to the crime should contact the sheriff’s department at 623-3591.