News Release
For Immediate Release:
May 27, 2010
Contact: Special Agent Tony Pettigrew
Number: 617-557-2138

Alstead Resident Sentenced to 37 Months in Federal Prison for
Pharmacy Burglary

MAY 27 -- CONCORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE : Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration for New England Steven W. Derr,United States Attorney John P. Kacavas, and Keene Police Department Chief Arthur Walker announced that on Monday, May 17, 2010, Andrew Dillingham, 26, of Alstead, New Hampshire, was sentenced to 37 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to committing the June 7, 2009 burglary of the Walgreen’s pharmacy located on West Street in Keene, New Hampshire.

The court rejected Dillingham’s request for a sentence of not more than 18 months and also denied the government’s request for a sentence of 40 months. The court’s sentence included a period of three years of supervised release which will begin after Dillingham is released from prison. During the period of supervised release, Dillingham’s activities will be monitored by the United States Probation & Pretrial Services Office. Dillingham was also ordered to pay restitution to Walgreen’s.

At a change of plea hearing held on February 2, 2010, Dillingham admitted that he entered the pharmacy armed with a knife, leapt over a counter, and directed the store employees to open a safe containing oxycodone. Dillingham took the oxycodone from the pharmacy and fled on foot. He was arrested on June 16, 2009 after police developed information that it was Dillingham who committed the robbery

The Drug Enforcement Administration and the Keene Police Department lead the investigation of this case.