OSSIPEE POLICE and two N.H. State Police cruisers converged on the Rite Aid Pharmacy on Route 16 in Ossipee last Saturday to investigate a drug robbery after 1:15 p.m. The suspect had already fled in a white SUV. (Thomas Beeler photo) (click for larger version)
February 23, 2012OSSIPEE — It's not the money they want, it's the drugs.
In the middle of the day last Saturday, Feb. 18, Rite Aid in Ossipee was robbed for the seventh time in five years.
To get to the pharmacy, robbers have to walk through the front door into the watchful eye of the store's surveillance camera and walk all the way to the back of the store to the pharmacy. Saturday's robber is shown on the surveillance tapes released by police wearing a baseball cap, black gloves, and sunglasses and covering his face with his hands as he walks in the front door and as he stands at the pharmacy counter.
According to police, the robber handed the pharmacist a note just after 1 p.m., demanding the prescription drug Oxycodone. There was no weapon shown or threatened in the heist. Police believe the suspect is white male, age 50 to 60 years old with a medium build and that he made his getaway in a white SUV.
Police are also looking at evidence and the similarities between this robbery and one that occurred at North Conway Rite Aid on Thanksgiving 2011. In that robbery that occurred at 1:30 p.m., the suspect also wore sunglasses and a baseball cap and handed the pharmacist a note demanding drugs.
Following Saturday's robbery, the store remained open as police gathered evidence, interviewed witnesses and store employees, and visited several businesses in the immediate area to review surveillance tapes from cameras at those businesses.
Six of the seven robberies have occurred when the store was open. Most recently convicted was David Hall of Center Ossipee who robbed the store on Dec. 29, 2010 and was caught two days later. Hall has been sentenced to eight years in prison and ordered to pay Rite Aid $1,500. Back on May 2009, a New Hampshire man and two men from Massachusetts broke into the store at 3 a.m. Their action triggered the store's alarm system and a police officer in the area at the time saw the men running from the store. After a three-hour search that included the help of police dogs and wading through a swamp, the last of the three was arrested.
Police are asking for the public's help in solving this latest robbery. Anyone with information is asked to call Ossipee Police at 539-2011, Carroll County Sheriff's Department at 539-2284, or NH State Police Troop E at 323-3333.