Chelsea Woman Sentenced to 21 Months for Being an Accessory to a Pharmacy Robbery
BANGOR, ME—United States Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II announced that Nicole A. Breton, 21, of Chelsea, Maine was sentenced today in U.S. District Court by Judge John A. Woodcock, Jr. to 21 months in prison and three years of supervised release for 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. Breton pleaded guilty to the charge on February 9, 2015.
Court records show that on the evening of 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 the car window. Pomerleau, Breton, and the driver of the car fled to Breton’s residence and spent the night there. They consumed many of the pills that were taken from the robbery. The robbery was captured on surveillance video and witnesses provided descriptions of Pomerleau and his distinctive arm and neck tattoos. Pomerleau pleaded guilty to pharmacy robbery and attempted pharmacy robbery charges on January 23, 2015 and awaits sentencing.
In imposing sentence, Judge Woodcock said: “If you commit a serious crime and you end up in federal court you will get a serious sentence.”
The investigation was conducted by the Augusta Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.