Saturday, May 18, 2013
BANGOR — A Dixmont man and a Canadian woman pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday to two pharmacy robberies last year in Newport.
Jonah Masse, 26, pleaded guilty to twice robbing a Rite Aid pharmacy and Sydney Duff, 21, a Canadian citizen, pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting the two pharmacy robberies, U.S. Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II said in a release.
On August 16 and again on Sept. 16, Masse handed the pharmacist a note in the Rite Aid pharmacy in Newport stating that he had a gun and wanted oxycodone and hydromorphone pills, according to records from U.S. District Court in Bangor.
He was given more than $500 worth of drugs during each robbery, according to the release. Duff wrote the demand notes for each robbery and drove with Masse to the pharmacy, according to the release.
A gun was not used in the robberies, Delahanty said.
Masse and Duff face up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 for each robbery.
They will be sentenced after the completion of pre-sentence investigation reports by the U.S. Probation Office.
The investigation leading to the arrests was conducted by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency; the Newport, Brewer and Pittsfield Police Departments; and the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Department.