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PEPPERELL — Pepperell police units were dispatched to the Pepperell Family Pharmacy at 74 Main St. for a reported robbery in progress Monday.

Suspect Bryan Thorpe, 27, of 428 Main St. in Townsend, was arrested after a short foot chase. He was charged with a subsequent offense of armed and masked robbery, larceny from a building, threat to commit a crime, larceny of a drug and assault to rob while armed.

Descriptions of a suspect threatening pharmacy staff with a hammer were relayed to Sgt. Nick Parker and Officers Jared Carruba and Stephen Mulkerin by Dispatcher Jeff Cormier.

According to Police Chief David Scott, witnesses in the pharmacy and nearby area advised that the lone suspect fled on foot. Officer Carruba was checking the area when he spotted the subject running and proceeded to pursue.

According to police, Thorpe was in possession of a large amount of prescription drugs that were reportedly taken from the pharmacy in the robbery.

He was held overnight and was scheduled to be arraigned at Ayer District Court today, Tuesday, April 17.

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