WATERVILLE — Police are trying to identify a man who robbed the Walmart pharmacy Tuesday night, fleeing the store with oxycodone pills.

A store surveillance video taken around 7 p.m. shows the robber at the pharmacy counter wearing no hat, hood or sunglasses, making the robbery significantly different than others that have happened recently in the city, according to police Chief Joseph Massey.

“This guy just about posed for the camera,” Massey said Wednesday.

The robber is described as being between 180 and 200 pounds and about six feet tall, with short brown hair and brown eyes, Massey said. He appeared to be 26 to 32 years old and was wearing a light gray knitted polo shirt and a pair of loose-fitting jeans, according to Massey.

“He said, ‘This is a robbery and I have a gun. Give me your Oxy 30s,'” Massey said.

When the pharmacist said he did not have oxycodone in 30-milligram pills, the robber demanded 15-milligram ones, Massey said.

The pharmacist gave him a small amount of pills and the robber left the store, Massey said.

He said that the robber had been in the store about 30 minutes and had bought a couple items before he spoke to the pharmacist.

“With such a great video surveillance photo, we’re hoping we’ll be able to identify this person shortly, locate him and charge him with the robbery,” Massey said.

He said that he would not be surprised to learn the robber is heavily addicted to narcotics and was desperate. The pharmacy robbery comes on the heels of a presentation Massey gave recently to pharmacists, medical workers and others about what to do before, during and after similar robberies.

Meanwhile, Steve McCausland, spokesman for the state Department of Public Safety, said the Walmart robbery was the 20th pharmacy robbery in Maine so far this year. In 2011, there were 24, he said.

A man robbed the Rite Aid pharmacy in Winslow April 22; no one has been arrested in that case. Waterville police continue to investigate a similar robbery that happened March 25 at CVS pharmacy on Kennedy Memorial Drive.

The same CVS pharmacy in Waterville was robbed in June 2010. In January 2011, Randa Lee Nason, 24, and listed as transient, was convicted of a class B felony for that robbery. She also was convicted of robbing two pharmacies in southern Maine.

Police asked that anyone with information about Tuesday’s robbery or the robber’s identity to call police at 680-4700.

Amy Calder — 861-9247

[email protected]

 


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