June 21, 2018
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Rockport pharmacy robber gets 30 months

By Stephen Betts, BDN Staff

ROCKLAND, Maine — A 31-year-old Camden man who robbed a Rockport pharmacy for drugs last year was sentenced Friday to 30 months behind bars.

The staff at the Kennebec Pharmacy also submitted victim statements that expressed their fear of working after the Nov. 8 robbery.

Justice William Brodrick sentenced William Glaude in Knox County Superior Court to seven years in prison with all but 30 months suspended. Glaude also will be on probation for three years after his release.

Glaude pleaded guilty three weeks ago to robbery, possession of oxycodone, failure to appear and violating a condition of bail. His plea came as part of an agreement in which his jail term would be capped at three years but he could argue for less time at the hearing Friday.

Written statements were filed with the court prior to Glaude’s sentencing by three staff members at the pharmacy who were on duty when the defendant came in, wearing a cap and sunglasses. He handed a note to the pharmacist asking for all the oxycodone and telling him to be quiet and do it quickly.

Pharmacist Mark Manzi told the court in his letter that the robbery has adversely affected the ability of the pharmacy to hire staff because of the fear. He said he has lost his innocence following the crime.

“I’ve always been an optimist and seen the good in people. Now I’m more wary,” Manzi stated in the letter.

Employee Brenda Miller stated in her letter that this was the first time she had been robbed in her 28 years working in drugstores.

“It really shook me. It has changed the way I look at strangers,” Miller stated.

Glaude was tracked down by police when a witness got a description and license plate number of the vehicle he left in after the robbery.

In addition, when a still photo from the surveillance video was published in local newspapers, a resident recognized the star tattoo that was on Glaude’s neck. He was found hiding in a closet at a mobile home in Camden.

He received concurrent lesser sentences on the other charges.

Glaude had been free on $1,500 cash bail after his arrest for the Nov. 8 robbery and possession of oxycodone. He failed to report for a court hearing on Nov. 29 and was arrested again and has been in jail since that second arrest.

The Kennebec Pharmacy robbery is one of a string of pharmacy robberies over the past few years.

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