BAR HARBOR, Maine — Local police are investigating the robbery of a local pharmacy on Thursday night.

The robbery was reported around 6:45 p.m. at the Rite Aid pharmacy on Cottage Street. Initial reports indicated that a man made threatening statements to employees, but did not show a weapon before making off with an unspecified amount of pills. Whether he may have had a weapon is unknown.

According to a police summary of the incident, the suspect was wearing black sweatpants, a long-sleeve white or beige shirt, a ski mask and a black mask covering his eyes when he demanded oxycodone.

“Don’t make me get violent,” the man allegedly wrote in a note he gave a clerk, police said.

Lt. James Pinkham of the Bar Harbor Police Department said Friday that police are not disclosing how many pills the suspect may have taken from the pharmacy.

The suspect, described as around 5 feet, 10 inches tall with medium build, ran out the back door of the pharmacy with the pills toward a public parking lot, according to police. Police do not know where he went after running out of the store, Pinkham said.

Police from neighboring agencies set up roadblocks at the head of Mount Desert Island and at the intersection of routes 102 and 233 near Somesville but the suspect was not apprehended.

The pharmacy robbery is believed to be the first in recent memory on MDI. Pinkham, who has been with the local police department for 34 years, said there has not been another pharmacy robbery on MDI “as far back as I can remember.”

Pinkham said the incident remains under investigation.

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Bill Trotter

A news reporter in coastal Maine for more than 20 years, Bill Trotter writes about how the Atlantic Ocean and the state's iconic coastline help to shape the lives of coastal Maine residents and visitors....