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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Oakland Man Sentenced to Over Seven Years for Pharmacy Robbery

Bangor, Maine:  United States Attorney Halsey B. Frank announced that Michael E. Algiere, 33, of Oakland, Maine, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court by Judge Lance E. Walker to 85 months in prison and three years of supervised release for interfering with commerce by robbery.  Algiere pleaded guilty on April 24, 2019.

Court records reveal that on October 31, 2007, the defendant entered the Oakland Pharmacy in Oakland wearing a black ski mask, a hooded sweatshirt, and camouflage gloves.  He went to the pharmacy counter holding a knife and demanded oxycodone from the pharmacist.  The defendant absconded with several bottles of Roxicodone, Oxycontin, and Percocet.  

The Maine State Police Crime Laboratory (MSPCL) found DNA on a ski mask and knife recovered by police at and near the robbery scene, loaded the DNA profile into the Combined DNA Index System (“CODIS”), but could not match it to a known offender profile in 2007.  CODIS is a criminal justice database that contains DNA profiles of convicted offenders and arrestees.  Because participating forensic laboratories regularly add DNA profiles to CODIS, the MSPCL routinely compares unknown profiles from unsolved cases against the known profiles in CODIS.  In February 2017, a CODIS comparison revealed that the DNA obtained from the ski mask and knife matched DNA collected from the defendant.  The DNA match was confirmed after federal investigators collected a sample of the defendant’s DNA.

The case was investigated by the Oakland Police Department, the FBI, and the MSPCL. 

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Prescription Drugs
Violent Crime
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F. Todd Lowell Assistant United States Attorney Tel: (207) 945-0373
Updated August 28, 2019