December 4, 2013

Getaway driver in Augusta CVS robbery jailed for 18 months

Woman initially refused to take part and went tanning instead.

By Betty Adams badams@centralmaine.com
Staff Writer

The driver of the getaway car in the Jan. 22 robbery of a CVS Pharmacy in Augusta was sentenced Wednesday to 18 months in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release.

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Candice Eaton

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Candice Marie Eaton, 26, of Augusta, had pleaded guilty April 23 to being an accessory after the fact and aiding and abetting by helping “to hinder and prevent” the arrest and prosecution of Anthony Post, who robbed the pharmacy, and Stephanie L. McCormick, 23, of Augusta, the woman who planned it.

McCormick was sentenced Tuesday to 46 months in prison. Both women and Post, who was 19 at the time of the robbery and who is to be sentenced in January, were ordered to pay toward $1,587.51 restitution. Eaton also was fined $300.

Eaton was sentenced by U.S. District Court Chief Judge John A. Woodcock Jr. in Bangor.

According to an affidavit filed in court by FBI Special Agent Cameron B. Mizell, Eaton initially refused McCormick’s request to help with the pharmacy robbery by driving, and instead went tanning.

However, McCormick persisted, and then called Eaton for a cigarette, which Eaton brought to her. At that point, Eaton accepted McCormick’s offer of a 30 mg oxycodone pill to drive McCormick and Post across a bridge in Augusta. Eaton agreed to wait on Arsenal Street in exchange for another pill, saying she thought they were going to steal from a private individual.

When Eaton saw a CVS bag in Post’s hand, “she realized that Post had robbed the pharmacy instead of ripping someone off.”

As Eaton drove the vehicle toward Whitefield, McCormick and Post threw pill bottles out the window, as well as the clothing Post wore during the robbery. A minor in the car threw out a scarf Post had worn.

The group split the pills in Augusta, spent the night in Richmond until the resident there found out they were involved in the robbery, and split up the next day, leaving Post, who is from the Lewiston/Auburn area, in Gardiner.

Police said McCormick authored the note Post gave to the pharmacy technician. The note stated, “Quickly & Calmly put All oxycodone in bag If not I have a gun & will start shooting No Scene!”

Betty Adams — 621-5631badams@centralmaine.comTwitter: @betadams
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