Two Monmouth men arrested Friday night for allegedly robbing a pharmacy May 5 in Lewiston also have been charged with robbery in connection with an April 25 robbery of the pharmacy at the Hannaford supermarket in South China.

Troy Severance, 36, and Dakota Madore, 18, were charged with robbery by Lewiston police in connection with the May 5 robbery at a CVS on Sabattus Street in Lewiston, and by the Kennebec County Sheriff’s Office in connection with the Hannaford pharmacy robbery, in which opiates were taken.

According to a news release Friday from Lewiston police, Severance was taken into custody at the Cobbossee Motel on U.S. Route 202 in Winthrop, and Madore was found later on Route 126 in Wales. Both were taken to the Androscoggin County Jail in Auburn, where they remained as of Saturday afternoon. Bail was set at $5,000 cash for each.

Kennebec County Sheriff Ryan Reardon said one of the men entered the South China store and committed the robbery while the other drove a getaway car and the other suspect away from the scene. He could not say on Saturday which suspect allegedly entered the store and which drove the car.

Reardon said the case is still under investigation and additional charges are likely. He said evidence found during the investigation into the Lewiston robbery implicated the pair in the South China robbery.

On April 25, police said, a man wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, a baseball cap and sunglasses robbed the Hannaford pharmacy, demanding and receiving opiate drugs. The man passed a note to a pharmacy employee, demanding a medicine containing opiates.

No employees were harmed and the robber did not show a weapon during the incident, which store employees reported at 7:45 p.m. April 25.

After receiving the drugs, the man left the supermarket, which is at the corner of Routes 3 and 32, initially on foot.

The robbery was recorded on the store’s security camera.

Reardon said detectives developed leads in the case. Then a robbery in Lewiston was determined to be possibly linked to the South China robbery. Sheriff’s detectives worked with Lewiston police and identified suspects in the crimes.

In the Lewiston incident, according to a news release, witnesses reported a man entered the CVS store wearing dark pants, dark gloves, sunglasses, a skeleton mask pulled over his face and a dark, zippered hoodie pulled over his head. He walked directly to the pharmacy section and showed the pharmacist a note demanding OxyContin and stating he did not want to shoot anybody. The pharmacist gave the requested drugs to the suspect, who fled the store on foot.

No weapon was displayed, according to police.

Detectives from Lewiston police and the Kennebec County Sheriff’s Office and agents from Maine Drug Enforcement Agency were involved in the investigation.

Keith Edwards — 621-5647

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