June 18, 2018
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Rockland police arrest suspect in pharmacy robbery

By Stephen Betts, BDN Staff

ROCKLAND, Maine — Rockland police arrested a South Thomaston man Tuesday night in connection with a July 31 robbery at a city pharmacy.

Michael Willis, 28, was arrested and charged with robbery following a joint investigation by the Rockland Police Department’s criminal investigative division and Maine Drug Enforcement Agency’s midcoast task force, said Rockland police Detective Sgt. Chris Young.

Police were able to apprehend Willis through information provided by informants, which led to more evidence. A sport coat and fedora reported to have been worn by the robber were recovered along the waterfront near the pharmacy a couple days after the robbery were linked to Willis by DNA testing, Young said.

The affidavit filed by police Tuesday to obtain the arrest warrant stated that Willis’ mother had reported her son had become addicted to opiates after having surgery.

Police had initially looked at another suspect and had obtained a search warrant Aug. 7 to review that person’s cell phone records.

Police records filed in Rockland District Court detail that the pharmacist reported a man came into the pharmacy and showed him a note that said he needed 15- and 30-milligram oxycodone tablets. The note mentioned a gun. The pharmacist tried to keep the note but the man took it back and left with it when he fled with the drugs.

Willis was taken to the Knox County Jail in Rockland and was released on bail later that evening.

Correction: An earlier version of this story reported incorrectly, due to information provided the newspaper, that Willis was still in jail Wednesday morning.

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