ALTON/WOLFEBORO — A Melvin Village man is facing multiple charges for allegedly robbing a Rite Aid in Wolfeboro of oxycodone and then going to a restaurant in Alton and attempting to sell the pills to random customers.
Wolfeboro Police Chief Stuart Chase said yesterday the Rite Aid was robbed Monday at 4:30 p.m. by an unknown man.
Before the man, later identified by Alton Police as Steven Robinson, was caught allegedly trying to sell oxycodone to random people in Alton, Wolfeboro Police did not know who they were seeking.
Chase said that after meeting with Alton Police, coupled with evidence obtained by them, some information obtained from the Rite Aid store, and utterances made to Alton Police, he was fairly confident that Robinson was the man his department was seeking.
Chase said Robinson allegedly went to the "busy, South Main Street store" and handed a note to staff demanding specific drugs. No weapon was displayed but the note said Robinson was carrying one.
Police from N.H. State Police, the Carroll County Sheriff's Department, Tuftonboro Police and officer from the N.H. Department of Fish and Game assisted Wolfeboro in an area search that lasted about two hours.
Chase said the store was closed for several hours. There were no injuries and he said it appeared that few people realized there had been a robbery.
At 7 p.m. Sgt. Scott Moore and Chase went to the Alton Police Department after being told that Alton Police had Robinson in custody and that he was likely involved in the robbery. Robinson had not been officially charged with robbery at press time yesterday.
According to affidavits obtained from the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division, Alton Sgt. Todd Orbino responded to the Hannaford Supermarket for a report of a man trying to sell oxycodone to customers.
Initially Robinson told Orbino he was just going shopping, but Orbino noticed a bulge in his left front pants pocket.
When asked, Robinson told Orbino it was Tylenol and when Orbino asked to see it, Robinson allegedly gave it to him. When Orbino asked him what was in it, Robinson said Tylenol but when he was challenged he allegedly admitted it was oxycodone and that he didn't have a prescription. He gave Orbino permission to open it.
He told Orbino that he was attempting to sell the drugs to buy food.
After being placed in custody, Orbino cataloged the pills and found them consistent with what the Wolfeboro Police had told him.
When Chase and Moore from Wolfeboro arrived, Robinson allegedly confessed to robbing the store and completed a written statement.
"We are reasonably satisfied that this was a desperate act of a (self-proclaimed) drug addict who acted alone," said Chief Chase.
He also allegedly admitted to being a drug addict and of making bad choices.
Alton Police complaints show Robinson is charged with two counts of possession of oxycodone — one with intent to sell — and one count of receiving stolen property. He is alleged to have had 294 pills — 139 pills of 15 milligrams, 137 pills of 30 milligrams, and 18 pills of 5 milligrams.
After his appearance in Laconia Court today, Robinson is being held on $7,500 cash-only bail at the Belknap County House of Corrections.
As the Wolfeboro Police finalize their paperwork and arrest complaints, Alton Prosecutor Anthony Estee said ultimately it will be the Carroll County and Belknap County prosecutors who decide which county will hear the cases. He said in some instances, each county can try each of their separate cases or they can combined them in what is called a global resolution should their be a plea bargain rather than a trial.