AUGUSTA — A Manchester woman pleaded guilty Thursday to robbing the Manchester Rite Aid Pharmacy last September.

Brooke L. Frost, 24, of Manchester, pleaded guilty to robbery, stealing drugs and unlawful possession of scheduled drugs, all related to the Sept. 6 mid-afternoon robbery.

Her case was continued several weeks for sentencing. It was originally set for jury selection on Friday in Kennebec County Superior Court.

Justice Michaela Murphy told Frost that the prosecutor and defense attorney Kevin Sullivan would argue over the sentence at a hearing within the next few weeks. She also told her she would be held without bail in the meantime. The robbery charge carries a maximum prison term of 10 years.

Assistant District Attorney Joelle Pratt told the judge a woman wearing baggy clothing held a prescription form in front of the pharmacist that day and demanded oxycodone.

A court affidavit by Kennebec Sheriff’s Office Detective Michael Bickford said the pharmacist said the note read “Give me the Percocet I have a gun.”

He gave the robber two bottles of oxycodone/APAP and a tracker bottle.

The robber fled on foot after getting the medication.

A bystander saw the woman run behind the building, and an officer recognized Frost from the video footage, Pratt said.

Pratt said investigators found Frost at MaineGeneral Medical Center in Augusta, and she wrote out a three-page statement saying three unknown African-American males forced her to do it and she believed they were holding her boyfriend, Devon Gray, 26, of Manchester, against his will.

Both Frost and Gray said local drug dealers forced them to rob the pharmacy. Investigators found no indication that was true, Pratt said.

Frost was arrested at a relative’s home in Unity.

Bickford’s affidavit says Gray cased the store for Frost.

Gray was arrested in Augusta on the same robbery, stealing drugs and unlawful possession of oxycodone charges as Frost. His next court hearing is set for April.

On Thursday, Frost also pleaded guilty to theft by unauthorized taking or transfer and violating condition of release which occurred Dec. 18. According to the complaint, Frost was free on $10,000 bail on the robbery charges when she was arrested by Augusta police at Kohl’s and charged with shoplifting a necklace. Augusta Police Officer Benjamin Murtiff said in an affidavit filed with that case that Frost indicated the jewelry was to be a Christmas present for her mother.

A day before that, on Dec. 17, Frost’s attorney had filed a motion with the court asking that Frost be allowed to have her three children with her overnight while she was on bail. In that, Sullivan said Frost was in Family Treatment Drug Court and other counseling.

Also sentenced in Kennebec County Superior Court:

• Bryan R. Brennick, 24, of Augusta, unlawful possession of scheduled drug Aug. 21, 2014, in Androscoggin County and unlawful possession of scheduled drug and violating condition of release Oct. 12, 2014, in Augusta; 364-day jail sentence, all but 80 days suspended (credit for 80 days served), one year probation; $800 in fines.

• Dustin B. Brooks, 28, of Augusta, unlawful possession of heroin and unlawful possession of methadone Aug. 19, 2014, in Chelsea; three-year jail sentence all suspended, two years’ probation, $800 fine. The sentence is concurrent to a probation revocation of nine months and one day.

• Anthony Buck, 27, of Livermore, operating while license suspended or revoked Oct. 28, 2014, in Monmouth: $500 fine.

• Charles D. Buckingham, 55, of Augusta, violating condition of release Sept. 2, 2014; four-year jail sentence, all but 30 days suspended, two years’ probation.

• John E. Walston, 46, of Augusta, reckless conduct Aug. 30, 2014, in Augusta; $500 fine.

Betty Adams — 621-5631

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Twitter: @betadams

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