AUGUSTA — Police are investigating a robbery and a robbery attempt at two Rite Aid pharmacies in the city that occurred within minutes of each other Tuesday night.

A man attempted to rob the Rite Aid at 2007 North Belfast Ave. at 5:40 p.m. Police said a man entered the store and walked to the pharmacy where he presented a threatening note demanding prescription medication. He fled on foot almost immediately and without taking anything, according to a news release from Deputy Chief Jared Mills of the Augusta police.

The suspect was described as being about 5-foot 8-inches tall with tattoos on his neck.

About 15 minutes later, the Rite Aid pharmacy at 83 Hospital St. was robbed of prescription medications by a suspect of the same description. No weapon was displayed at either pharmacy, although the suspect threatened to use one.

The area has seen a spate of pharmacy robberies recently.

The Rite Aid pharmacy in Manchester was robbed of prescription painkillers on Aug. 3 – it was the second time that pharmacy had been robbed since 2011. The suspect in the Aug. 3 robbery, Thomas Bourque, 31, of Belgrade, turned himself in Friday and is being held in Kennebec County jail.

Bourque made an initial appearance on the robbery charge on Tuesday via video from the jail.

Pharmacies in Randolph and Gardiner also were robbed recently.

No suspect has been caught in the Aug. 18 robbery of the Community Pharmacy inside Goggin’s IGA on Water Street in Randolph, but Gardiner police arrested Jesse Mansir, 31, of Randolph, nine hours after a robbery at the Rite Aid on Spring Street on Aug. 21.

 


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