A 55-year-old Owls Head man, charged with robbing a Rockport pharmacy, had bail set at $25,000 cash in Sixth District Court Sept. 10.

Donald Keating Jr. was arrested in the woods near his home after police were able to locate him through the vehicle he fled the scene in, according to an affidavit filed in Knox County Superior Court.

Although bail was set, Keating is being held on a probation hold at the Knox County Jail.

Keating entered Kennebec Pharmacy & Home Care on Commercial Street at approximately 4:30 p.m. Sept. 9 with a paper bag over his head with two holes cut out of it so he could see. Keating demanded drugs from pharmacy staff and was able to flee the scene before police arrived, according to the affidavit.

An employee of the pharmacy followed Keating out of the store and watched him run through bushes to a nearby parking lot and leave in a dark green Saab station wagon. The employee was able to record the license plate number, and police were able to determine a connection to Keating. Pharmacy staff was shown a photograph of Keating, and confirmed it was the man who robbed the business, said court papers.

Staff told police Keating made no threats against them and that no weapons were used in the heist, said court papers.

It is not yet known what type of drug, or the amount of medication Keating left with.

Keating told police after he left the pharmacy and passed a Rockland Police cruiser heading toward the scene, he pulled over and threw the drugs into a dumpster.

Rockport Police Department Officer Cooper Plaisted investigated the case and charged Keating, said officer Craig Cooley. During an interview with police, Keating admitted to canvassing the area the day before to determine the best time to rob the pharmacy.

At the time of Keating's arrest, he immediately waived his rights and told police he would tell them everything, said the affidavit.

The Knox County Sheriff's Office also responded to the scene with personnel, including  Detective Justin Twitchell, Chief Deputy Tim Carroll, Deputy Nathaniel Jack, Sgt. James Moore and Deputy Jeremy Joslyn with his K-9 partner, Gunner. Gunner is a bloodhound. Rockland Police Detectives Chris Young and Russ Thompson also assisted.

An employee of the pharmacy said Sept. 10 the staff has no comment on the case.

Keating has a serious criminal history, including sexual assault convictions. In 2003, he was sentenced to serve seven years in prison for 11 sexual assault charges.

Courier Publications' reporter Juliette Laaka can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 118 or via email at jlaaka@courierpublicationsllc.com.