June 14, 2010

Pair arrested in Augusta robbery

By Craig Crosby ccrosby@centralmaine.com
Staff Writer

AUGUSTA — Two city men have been arrested following a daylight robbery at a Capitol Street pharmacy on Sunday.

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Lance Szady, left, and Thomas Ware, both of Augusta, have been charged in connection with a daylight robbery at a Capitol Street pharmacy on Sunday.

Courtesy of Augusta Police Department

Lance Szady, 22, and Thomas Ware, 30, were each charged Monday with robbery, according to Augusta Police Detective Sgt. Matthew Clark. Szady was being held at the Kennebec County jail on $25,000 bail. Ware is free on $1,000 unsecured bond.

Clark said a white male entered the CVS at 165 Capitol Street around 3:20 p.m. Sunday, wearing a dark hat, sunglasses, blue jeans and a dark sweatshirt with the hood pulled over his head.

“The male suspect immediately walked to the pharmacy area and showed the pharmacist a note demanding Oxycontin,” Clark said. “No weapon was ever displayed.”

The suspect left the store on foot and ran north, behind the store, carrying an undisclosed amount of Oxycontin. Police used a tracking dog to search the area, but were unable to find the suspect, Clark said.

Over the next several hours, the police investigation eventually identified Szady and a black Volkswagen Jetta, Clark said. Detectives Jason Cote and Vicente Morris found the Jetta around 11:30 p.m. Sunday and pulled the car over on Windy Street in Augusta.

“Szady was a passenger in that vehicle at the time of the stop,” Clark said. “Szady led the detectives on a short foot pursuit in the neighborhood.”

When Szady was arrested, he was still carrying the Oxycontin, Clark said. Police continued to investigate and also linked Ware as a suspect in the robbery. He was later interviewed and charged, Clark said.

Additional information will not be released until the investigation is complete, Clark said.

“Although Ware and Szady are the only two believed to have been involved in the CVS robbery, the Augusta Police Deparmtent ... continues to follow leads in this case,” Clark said. “Additional charges may be forthcoming as information becomes available.”

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