BUCKSPORT, Maine — Police have released surveillance video stills of the man who robbed the Rite-Aid pharmacy on U.S. Route 1 in Bucksport on Wednesday evening.
Sgt. David Winchester of the Bucksport Police Department said he hopes the public can help identify the man, who made off with an undisclosed amount of an undisclosed prescription drug and fled the pharmacy on foot shortly before 7 p.m. Police aren’t saying what kind of drugs or how much were stolen.
The photos show a man in dark clothing with his face obscured by a mask. Police say the robber was between 6 feet and 6 feet, 3 inches tall, wearing blue jeans and a dark hooded sweatshirt. The photos also show the man carrying a cane, which police suspect is a prop.
It was the second time the Rite-Aid pharmacy had been robbed this summer, and Winchester said it’s possible that the masked robber on Wednesday was the same man who robbed the pharmacy on June 26. The suspect in that robbery, who escaped with stolen painkillers, is also still at large.
Winchester said the police and Rite-Aid are working together to provide extra security in the wake of the dual robberies.
“Between the two of us, in law enforcement and the pharmacy, we are trying to take precautions and heighten awareness,” he said.
The sergeant said he is disturbed by the increase in pharmacy robberies in the state. He said Hancock County has seen more robberies than usual this year.
“It’s new to Bucksport, and it’s kind of new to the area,” he said. “But over the last four or five months we’ve had two in Bucksport, a couple in Ellsworth, one in Camden, one in Rockland. They’re becoming more frequent.”
There have been nearly 40 pharmacy robberies in Maine already this year, compared with just 28 robberies in all of 2011. About half of the pharmacy robberies in Maine this year have been at Rite-Aids, according to year-to-date data collected at the end of May.
Winchester asked anyone with information on either robbery to call the Bucksport Police Department at 469-7951. He said anonymous tips can be left by calling the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department’s tip line at 667-1401.
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