AUGUSTA — A Kennebec County Superior Court grand jury this week handed up indictments charging three men with five recent pharmacy robberies, including two in Fairfield and Waterville.

Shawn M. Merrill, 26, was indicted on two counts of robbery, violation of condition of release, eluding an officer, operating after suspension and escape.

According to published reports, police believe Merrill robbed Community Pharmacy inside Goggins IGA in Randolph on June 12 and later that same day robbed the Walmart pharmacy in Waterville.

Merrill was a suspect in a Fairfield pharmacy robbery June 15 when he reportedly hopped into a car with another man and headed south toward Waterville.

Almost three hours later, Merrill was spotted by state police driving a motorcycle south on Route 32 in China. When troopers tried to stop him, he reportedly led them on a chase through Windsor, then west on Route 17 toward Augusta. Merrill dumped his motorcycle, slid off the road in Chelsea, and was caught a short time later, police said.

Michael C. Pierce, 32, and 31-year-old Jeffrey D. Hodgkins, were both indicted on robbery charges in connection with a June 18 hold-up at an Augusta CVS. Pierce was indicted on a second robbery charge in connection with a May 8 hold-up at another Augusta CVS.

An indictment is not a determination of guilt, but it is an indication that there is enough evidence to proceed with formal charges and a trial in superior court.

The escape charge against Merrill alleges he fled from custody on May 29.

Pierce and Hodgkins were each charged with robbery in connection with a June 18 robbery at the Capitol Street CVS. Pierce faces a second charge for his alleged role in a May 8 holdup at the Stone Street CVS.

The robbery investigation led police to search Pierce’s home at 21 Glenwood St. just a few hours after the June 18 robbery.

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