February 22, 2012

Robbers strike second Augusta pharmacy

By Craig Crosby ccrosby@centralmaine.com
Staff Writer

AUGUSTA -- Two men threatening to use a weapon made off with prescription painkillers Monday night after robbing a city pharmacy, police said.

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Two men are seen robbing a Rite Aid at 2007 North Belfast Ave. in Augusta Monday night. It was the second robbery at a city pharmacy in less than week.

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It was the second robbery at an Augusta pharmacy in less than week. Police said Tuesday they are working to determine whether the two robberies are connected. The descriptions of the men in Monday's robbery resembled those of the men involved in the previous one, police said.

There had been no arrests in either case as of Tuesday afternoon, but police continued to investigate tips, Augusta police Detective Lt. Keith Brann said.

"There is a possibility they could be the same two people," Brann said.

Augusta police Lt. Christopher Massey said the men entered the Rite Aid pharmacy at 2007 North Belfast Ave. about 7:30 p.m. Monday and passed a note to a pharmacy employee.

"The note made reference that the males had a weapon and would cause the employee harm if they did not cooperate," Massey said. "The note also demanded prescription medication."

The robbers were given an undisclosed amount of drugs, and they fled on foot south across the parking lot. No one was hurt, Massey said.

Both robbers were described as thin white men. One of the robbers was about 5 feet 11 inches tall and wore a black jacket with a hood, a winter cap and dark sunglasses. The second robber appeared to be young and was about 5 feet 8 inches tall and wore jeans and a dark-colored sweatshirt.

Maine State Police arrived with dogs to track the men, but authorities think the robbers got into a vehicle and drove away.

On Feb. 14, two men held up a CVS pharmacy at 2 Stone St., which is a little more than a half-mile from the North Belfast Avenue Rite Aid. The men reportedly entered the CVS around 6:40 p.m., demanded prescription medication and were given a large amount of OxyContin before they fled on foot. The men indicated they had a gun, but none was shown, according to police.

One of the robbers was wearing a red knit hat, a dark hooded sweatshirt and dark-colored jeans, police said. The second robber was dressed in a dark knit hat, dark-hooded sweatshirt, sunglasses and dark pants. The robbers were described as being in their late teens or early 20s.

Craig Crosby -- 621-5642

ccrosby@centralmaine.com

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