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U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Maine

Friday, January 23, 2015

Augusta Man Pleads Guilty to Pharmacy Robbery Charges

Contact: F. Todd Lowell
Assistant United States Attorney
Tel: (207) 945-0373

Bangor, Maine: United States Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II announced that Dominic J. Pomerleau, 21, of Augusta, Maine pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court to pharmacy robbery and attempted pharmacy robbery charges.

Court records show that on the evening of September 2, 2014, Pomerleau attempted to rob the Rite Aid Pharmacy located on North Belfast Avenue in Augusta. He approached the pharmacy counter and handed the pharmacist a note that read, “I Have a gun don’t push the button or I’ll shoot give me Oxycodone 30 mg & 15 mg and Ridilin 20 mg Hurry make it a minute or less act normal.” As the pharmacist was getting the pills, the phone rang and another employee answered it. Pomerleau left the pharmacy before the pharmacist had time to give him the pills. About 20 minutes later, Pomerleau robbed the Rite Aid Pharmacy located on Hospital Street in Augusta. He approached the pharmacy counter with a note that demanded oxycodone and absconded with three bottles of oxycodone. Both encounters were captured on surveillance video and witnesses provided descriptions of Pomerleau and his distinctive arm and neck tattoos.

Pomerleau faces up to 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and restitution on each charge. The defendant will be sentenced after the completion of a presentence investigation report by the U.S. Probation Office.

The investigation was conducted by the Augusta Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Updated February 9, 2015