Contact: Julia M. Lipez
Assistant United States Attorney
Tel: (207) 780-3257
Portland, Maine: United States Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II announced that Robert
Richard, 26, of Gardiner, Maine, pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court to Interference with
Commerce by Robbery, in connection with the November 28, 2013 (Thanksgiving Day) robbery
of the Rite Aid pharmacy in Bridgton, Maine.
Court records reveal that on Thanksgiving in 2013, Richard entered the Rite Aid in
Bridgton wearing a hooded sweatshirt, sunglasses, and a bandana, and handed the pharmacist a
note that read, “All your oxycodone now!” The pharmacist handed Richard a bag containing
oxycodone pills and Richard fled from the pharmacy in a car with a concealed license plate.
Richard faces up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. He will be sentenced after
completion of a presentence investigation report by the U.S. Probation Office.
The investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bridgton
Police Department, with additional assistance provided by the Augusta and Gardiner Police
Departments, and the Kennebec County Sheriff’s Department.