BUCKSPORT — Bucksport Police Sgt. David Winchester charged a Trenton man Tuesday with burglarizing the Bucksport Rite Aid pharmacy back in 2013.
Winchester summoned Robert Beal, 37, on charges of burglary and theft — both Class B felonies.
Beal allegedly forced his way into the Route 1 pharmacy after it was closed and took 700 prescription pain pills on Nov. 30, 2013, the sergeant said.
Winchester said he knew the statute of limitations on the case was coming up. In Maine, the statute is six years for property crimes. However, for violent crimes such as murder, there is no statute of limitations.
Back in 2013, Winchester sent physical evidence to the Maine State Police Crime Laboratory but the evidence did not produce any leads.
But, with the statute of limitations looming, Winchester resubmitted physical evidence to the lab, which was able to identify the suspect.
“It was one of those cases that I couldn’t just let sit,” said Winchester, who has kept the case file on the edge of his desk.
Winchester declined to reveal what kind of physical evidence he had gathered from the crime scene all those years ago but said it was not DNA.
“I’m not sure what the change was in this particular incident,” Winchester said. “Sometimes technology improves.”
“I just know the crime lab was very receptive to helping out considering how busy they are,” Winchester said.
Among other responsibilities, the crime lab compares evidence collected from crime scenes, victims and/or suspects to known samples to link or eliminate victims and/or suspects to the crime scene and/or to each other, the agency states on its website.
The crime lab has served Maine and all the police agencies within the state’s borders since 1926.
The Bucksport Rite Aid Pharmacy has been the target of other crimes.
A Bucksport man robbed the pharmacy in December 2014 but police made an arrest in that case shortly after it occurred.
The pharmacy also was robbed in 2012.