Chelsea Woman Pleads Guilty to Being an Accessory After the Fact to a Pharmacy Robbery
BANGOR, ME—United States Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II announced that Nicole A. Breton, 21, of Chelsea, Maine pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court to being an accessory after the fact to a pharmacy robbery. An accessory after the fact is a person who, knowing that an offense against the United States has been committed, comforts or assists the offender in order to hinder or prevent his apprehension, trial or punishment.
Court records show that on September 2, 2014, Dominic J. Pomerleau robbed the Rite Aid Pharmacy located on Hospital Street in Augusta, Maine. He approached the pharmacy counter with a note that demanded oxycodone and absconded with three bottles of oxycodone. Breton was waiting for Pomerleau in a getaway car. She emptied the pills from the bottles and threw the empty bottles and caps out of the car window. Pomerleau, Breton, and the driver of the car fled to Breton’s residence where they spent the night consuming many of the stolen oxycodone pills. Pomerleau pled guilty to pharmacy robbery on January 23, 2015 and awaits sentencing.
Breton faces up to 10 years in prison, a $125,000 fine and restitution. She will be sentenced after the completion of a presentence investigation report by the U.S. Probation Office.
The investigation was conducted by the Augusta Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.