BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER)-- According to Maine State Police, there have been over forty pharmacy robberies in Maine this year. Tuesday, two men allegedly involved in robberies in Bangor and Brewer appeared in Penobscot County Court.
John Campbell, 35, of Brewer and John Harmon, 27, of Dover-Foxcroft appeared before a judge for the first time via television feed. Both men did not enter pleas for their felony charges.
Campbell is charged with two counts robbery and one count theft. The Brewer man is charged with robbing the Rite Aid on Wilson Street in Brewer and the pharmacy at the Hannaford Grocery store on Union Street in Bangor.
Police say Campbell left the area after the September 29th robberies and returned over the weekend.
A judge set his bail at $5,000 cash. Campbell is due back in court on December 6th.
In addition, Harmon faced one robbery charge. Police said Harmon robbed the Rite Aid at the corner of Union and Fourteenth Streets on Monday afternoon.
Police say Harmon robbed the Rite Aid at the corner of Union and Fourteenth Streets on Monday afternoon. Harmon was arrested a couple hours later in a Bangor apartment.
Prosecutors said Harmon does have a criminal history and the judge denied him a low bail.
According to police testimony, Harmon tried to deny his involvement at first. After several hours of police questioning, Harmon told police he was involved in the robbery because he was kidnapped and held at gunpoint.
In addition, Harmon told police he did not rob the pharmacy for drugs, but for money to pay off an outstanding debt.
The judge set Harmon's bail at fifty-thousand dollars. Harmon will be back in court December 6th.
Meanwhile, both men will be held at Penobscot County Jail.