Police say man claimed to have a bomb in oxycodone robberyBy DAN SEUFERT
Union Leader Correspondent
August 30. 2015 5:51PM
BRISTOL – Police arrested two men and charged them with what they are calling an armed robbery – using what one of the men claimed was a bomb – of 900 oxycodone pills from the Rite-Aid store on Summer Street Sunday morning.
It was the second Sunday oxycodone robbery at the store in the past 10 months, though police say the two robberies were not related.
Kevin S. Groesser, 54, of Hill was arrested Sunday afternoon and charged with armed robbery, according to Police Chief Michael Lewis.
Also arrested was Patrick Flood, 25, of Boscawen. Flood, who was driving the car used in the robbery, Lewis said, was charged with conspiracy to commit armed robbery.
Both men were held on cash bail and will be arraigned in Plymouth District Court on Tuesday.
Lewis said Groesser entered the store at 10:56 a.m. wearing a bandana and carrying what he described to the pharmacist as a bomb. He allegedly demanded the oxycodone and placed the package that he said contained the bomb on the counter.
After receiving the drugs, Groesser got into the passenger seat of the car, which and the two men drove away, the chief said.
The State Police Explosive Unit was called to the scene. Police determined the package was not an actual explosive device, Lewis said.
“It was a bag filled with nails,” the chief said.
Route 104 was shut down for two hours while police investigated the incident and searched the area. Several homes and businesses were evacuated along the busy road, Lewis said. Two homes were searched and a motor vehicle was seized, he said.
Police then “identified a person of interest” and broadcast the information to all state and local law enforcement agencies. Several pieces of evidence were collected from the robbery, the chief said.
The two men were arrested late Sunday afternoon, he said.
The store was closed for the remainder of the day.
An armed robber made off with approximately 1,100 oxycodone pills from the store on Nov. 9. Police responded to the store at 4:42 p.m. for a report of an armed robbery, in which a man entered the store, pulled a mask over his face, and pulled a handgun from his pocket.
The robber in that incident has not been found, Lewis said.