KINGFIELD — Police arrested a Madrid woman Monday less than an hour after she  allegedly robbed a Main Street pharmacy of prescription medication.

Michelle Wilcox, 27, was arrested Monday night following a robbery at Western Maine Pharmacy at 238 Main St., according to a news release frin Franklin County Sheriff Scott Nichols.

Wilcox is charged with robbing the store of all the suboxone in stock after handing the store clerk a note that said she had a weapon. The medication is used to treat heroin and other opiate addictions.

Nichols said Wilcox was identified as a suspect shortly after the robbery when deputies interviewed witnesses at the pharmacy and gathered other information at the crime scene.

Deputies found Wilcox around 5:30 p.m. on Toothaker Pond Road in Phillips riding in a pickup truck witnesses had reported as leaving the pharmacy around the time of the robbery.

Wilcox was identified and charged with class B robbery and theft of scheduled drugs, Nichols said.

The threatening note used at the pharmacy and all the medication stolen was  also found during the traffic stop, Nichols said.

Deputies are also investigating any possible involvement in the robbery by the man who was driving the truck, according to Lt. David St. Laurent.

Wilcox is at Franklin County Jail with bail set at $50,000.

It was the fifth pharmacy robbery in Maine this year, according to Department of Public Safety spokesman Steve McCausland. The department reported a state record 56 pharmacy robberies in 2012.

At this time last year, McCausland said, at least 20 pharmacy robberies had been reported.  

Kaitlin Schroeder – 861-9252
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