AUGUSTA – The 19-year-old man who is accused of robbing a pharmacy in Augusta this week was turned in by his mother after she recognized him in surveillance photos taken at another pharmacy the teen had intended to rob before losing his nerve.

Anthony Post of Lewiston appeared Thursday in U.S. District Court in Bangor within hours of his arrest and waived his right to bail. Magistrate Judge Margaret Kravchuk ordered Post to be held in custody pending trial.

Post has admitted robbing the CVS store at 2 Stone St. Tuesday afternoon, according to an affidavit filed in court by FBI agent Cameron Mizell. Post, who threatened to use a gun during the holdup, robbed the store minutes after entering the Walgreens pharmacy at 403 Water St. with the idea of robbing it.

However, Post “chickened out,” Mizell wrote, and went across town to CVS. The robbery occurred about 15 minutes after Post left Walgreens, Mizell said.

A Walgreens pharmacist had grown suspicious of the man .

“The pharmacist … went to speak with him,” Mizell wrote. ” They spoke briefly, and then the man left.”

Walgreens employees reviewed their surveillance video and provided police with two photos of a man wearing the same clothing as the CVS robber.

Unlike photos taken by CVS surveillance equipment, which showed a man wearing a hat and a scarf around his face, the Walgreens photos clearly showed the man’s upper body, including his uncovered head and face.

Police released the Walgreens photos to the news media. Post’s mother and a woman friend of his father’s recognized the man pictured, and both women called police. Post’s mother called police again Thursday morning.

 

Kennebec Journal Staff Writer Craig Crosby can be contacted at 621-5642 or at:

ccrosby@centralmaine.com