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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Maine

Monday, August 4, 2014

New Hampshire Man Sentenced to More Than Three Years in Federal Prison for Armed Pharmacy Robbery and Criminal Contempt

Contact: Darcie N. McElwee
Assistant United States Attorney
Tel: (207) 780-3257

Portland, Maine: United States Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II announced today that
U. S. District Court Judge Nancy Torresen sitting in Portland on Friday sentenced Robert
Pecora, 26, to 37 months in federal prison for committing an armed pharmacy robbery and
criminal contempt of court.

Court records reveal that on about September 21, 2013, Pecora traveled from New
Hampshire to Kittery, Maine on a bicycle. He went to the Rite-Aid pharmacy counter on
Shapleigh Road in Kittery and presented a piece of paper believed to be a prescription. Pecora
then displayed a knife and pointed it at a pharmacy employee and demanded Oxycontin. When
the medicine safe was opened, Pecora instead demanded Percocet and was given 300 pills.
Pecora then immediately entered the pharmacy bathroom where responding Kittery Police patrol
officers located him. He had a light blue powdery residue on his upper lip. Pecora confessed to
the robbery, was arrested and taken from the store in handcuffs.

Following his arrest, Pecora was released on bail conditions in February 2014 which
required him to remain at an addiction recovery center in Dover, New Hampshire. The
conditions of release also prohibited him from possessing a firearm.

During the evening of March 20, 2014, Pecora left the addiction recovery center without
permission and later that same night committed a burglary of a residence in Greenland, New
Hampshire, during which he stole three firearms, $1,000 in cash and a motor vehicle. Pecora
remained at large until arrested by authorities in Keene, New Hampshire on March 25, 2014. The
three stolen firearms have yet to be recovered. Following his incarceration, Pecora will be on
federal supervised release for three years.

The investigation was conducted by the Kittery Police Department, the Greenland and
Keene (New Hampshire) Police Departments and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Updated January 26, 2015