Tuesday, March 11, 2014
By Keith Edwards firstname.lastname@example.org
AUGUSTA — A city woman was arrested Thursday in connection with the robbery of the CVS pharmacy Jan. 22 on Stone Street, police said.
Augusta police and FBI agents arrested Stephanie L. McCormick, 22, of Augusta, on a federal warrant at her Gage Street residence about 1 p.m. Thursday, according to Augusta police.
McCormick, accused of writing the robbery note and riding along in the getaway car, faces a federal charge of interference with commerce by robbery, which carries a maximum sentence of 30 years.
Police last week arrested Anthony Post, 19, of Auburn, saying he passed a note to a CVS pharmacy technician demanding drugs. The note stated, "Quickly & Calmly put All oxycodone in bag If not I have a gun & will start shooting No Scene!"
Police said Post confessed two days later to robbing the CVS after he was identified -- by his mother -- in surveillance photographs.
An affidavit filed in connection to McCormick's arrest by Cameron Mizell, a special agent with the FBI, says McCormick told police she and Post had originally planned together to rob the Walgreens pharmacy in Augusta. But Post lost his nerve after he was approached by the pharmacist and left, according to the affidavit.
Post returned to McCormick's nearby residence and the two "talked about going somewhere else to make a robbery," Mizell wrote.
Shortly after 4 p.m., Post allegedly held up the CVS. Mizzel wrote that McCormick confessed to writing the note Post used in the CVS robbery, though she denied writing "start shooting."
McCormick also said she gave Post clothing used to cover his identity during the robbery, according to Mizell.
Police said McCormick and two other people who aren't identified gave Post a ride to the Stone Street CVS, in a black or dark gray four-door vehicle, and waited for him to rob the pharmacy. After Post returned to and entered the vehicle with a plastic CVS bag in his hand, they drove away.
McCormick told police she got 40 pills of 30 milligrams each from what Post had taken. She told the FBI agent she shot up some of the drugs that night and had used the rest of the pills since then.
McCormick made her initial court appearance Thursday in U.S. District Court in Bangor before judge Margaret Kravchuk. She was ordered held without bail until a detention hearing scheduled for Wednesday.
Federal agents are involved in the case under a special agreement with city police in attempt to stem the ballooning number of pharmacy robberies. Of the 56 pharmacy robberies in Maine last year, nine were in Augusta -- more than any other municipality in Maine, police said.
Keith Edwards -- 621-5647