January 2, 2012

Gardiner pharmacy robbed

GARDINER — Police are looking for a man in his 20s with a scruffy beard that this afternoon robbed a Spring Street pharmacy of prescription narcotics.

Gardiner Police Chief James Toman said the man walked alone into the Rite Aid at 9 Spring St. and went to the back of the store, where he demanded drugs at the pharmacy.

Police do not know if the man had a weapon, but none was displayed, Toman said. Nobody was injured in the robbery, which occurred around 2:13 p.m.

“Upon getting something from the pharmacy the male ... left the store on foot,” Toman said.

The man fled west up Spring Street. Maine State Police with a tracking dog were unable to find the robber, Toman said. The Kennebec County Sheriff’s Office also helped look for the man.

“It is not immediately known if anyone else was involved in the commission of the robbery,” Toman said.

The robber was described a white man about 5 feet, 8 inches tall and about 160 pounds. He wore a dark green fleece, and a dark-colored hooded sweatshirt under the fleece with the hood up over his head. The robber hid his face with a bandana and wore light-colored, baggy blue jeans and white sneakers.

“An eyewitness who saw the suspect without the bandana on his face described the male as having scruff (or) stubble on his face,” Toman said. “He appeared to be in his 20s.”

Monday’s was the second robbery of an area Rite Aid in less than a month. An 18-year-old Augusta man was arrested Dec. 12 for the robbery a week earlier at the Winthrop Rite Aid.

Toman asked anyone with information on today’s robbery to call Gardiner Police at 624-7076.

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