SANFORD – A Biddeford man has been arrested in the robbery of a Walgreens pharmacy in Sanford early Tuesday morning, the first pharmacy robbery of the year in Maine.
According to the Sanford Police Department, Brian Gallerani, 27, faces three counts of armed robbery in the incident at the pharmacy at 868 Main St. He was located after the robbery behind a house on Winter Street and arrested without incident, police said.
The robbery occurred at 12:30 a.m., when police say the suspect entered the pharmacy, walked to the pharmacy consultation area, lifted his shirt to display a handgun and demanded prescription drugs.
After obtaining the drugs, police say Gallerani fled on foot from the Walgreens and was last seen running down Acorn Street. At the intersection of Acorn Street and Riverside Avenue, police said, he unsuccessfully attempted to carjack two vehicles. Police said one of these vehicles struck Gallerani, causing him to drop the handgun and some of the stolen prescription drugs. He then fled on foot toward Winter Street.
“Sanford officers were assisted by at least two citizens who saw the suspect fleeing the scene of the attempted carjackings, and directed police to the area where the suspect was eventually apprehended,” Police Chief Thomas P. Connolly Jr. said. “This incident occurred at approximately 1230 hours, and the suspect was in custody 10 minutes later due to the rapid and focused response of the officers.”