November 27, 2012

Search continues for Augusta Walmart pharmacy robber

Police update description of suspect, provide new security camera photo

By Craig Crosby
Staff Writer

AUGUSTA -- Police on Tuesday continued to search for a robber -- now described as a young man with acne scars and bad teeth -- who held up the pharmacy inside the Civic Center Drive Walmart.

The man police say robbed the pharmacy at the Augusta Walmart Monday afternoon is seen in a still image from the store’s video surveillance.

Contributed photo

August Police Lt. Keith Brann said police were still following leads in the investigation but had not yet made an arrest.

Brann said no one was hurt during the robbery, which occurred shortly before 1 p.m. Monday. It was the 52nd time this year a Maine pharmacy had been robbed. The robber, who handed over a note suggesting he had a weapon, fled the store on foot and headed toward Civic Center Drive.

Augusta Police Detective Sgt. Matthew Clark said the robber was a white man in his early 20s, about 6 feet tall with a slim build, weighing between 140 and 160 pounds. He was wearing a dark jacket, blue jeans, dark boots and had a light blue baseball cap with FBI in white letters across the front.

"The suspect was also described as being clean shaven, having an acne-scarred face and yellowed teeth," Clark said.

The man went to the pharmacy counter inside the store counter and handed an employee a note demanding oxycodone. Brann said the note suggested the robber had a weapon, though he won't say what kind of weapon the man claimed to have.

The robber was given an undisclosed number of pills before fleeing, Brann said.

A Maine State Police trooper and his dog tracked the man's scent down a steep embankment behind the store but eventually lost the trail. Brann said police believe the robber got into a car.

Brann asked anyone with information about Monday's robbery to call police at 626-2370.

Craig Crosby -- 621-5642

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