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Man pleads guilty to Rochester crime spree during March blizzard

Union Leader Correspondent

October 03. 2017 9:48PM

DOVER — One of the two men accused of trying to steal narcotics from pharmacies in Rochester during a March blizzard pleaded guilty at Strafford County Superior Court Tuesday afternoon.

Robert Laughton, 28, whose last known address was in Farmington, allegedly worked with Glen Lemelin, 26, of Barrington, on at least three occasions in January and February to demand drugs from Care Pharmacy and Rite Aid in Rochester.

On March 14, officers were called to Care Pharmacy at 2:51 p.m. after Lemelin allegedly entered the storewearing a stocking mask and demanding money and pills. He did not get away with anything, as the pharmacy was in the process of closing due to the weather conditions.

Detectives alerted employees at other area pharmacies, and at 3:36 p.m. an employee from Rite Aid called to say a man was at their door, which was already locked because they were also closing early due to the blizzard.

An employee at Hannaford called in a robbery in progress at 3:46 p.m., saying there was a man looking for narcotics. When the pharmacist refused, Lemelin allegedly told her he was going to “blow her head off,” but then he fled from the store.

Meanwhile, getaway driver Laughton had gotten stuck in the snow in an adjacent Home Depot parking lot and could not get his older model lifted gray Chevrolet out. When Lemelin came outside and saw that Laughton could not drive, he took off on foot, police said.

Police found Laughton at the scene and arrested him. Lemelin was arrested later and released into the community corrections program on April 25. Lemelin is still facing charges for his involvement in the crimes.

Laughton, who was on probation for a 2011 robbery he also pleaded guilty to, was held at the Strafford County House of Corrections until his plea and sentencing hearing on Tuesday.

According to Deputy County Attorney Timothy Sullivan, Laughton pleaded guilty to five counts of burglary. On the first two counts of burglary, Laughton received three to six years in prison. On the third count of burglary, Laughton received three to six years that will start on the parole of the first two counts.

On the fourth and fifth counts of burglary, Laughton was sentenced to 3 ½ to 7 years in prison, all suspended for 10 years, Sullivan said.

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