CLINTON, Maine — A Maine man is accused of attempting to rob a pharmacy with threats of mafia violence.

Police say Wednesday 36-year-old Dana Bradford, of Clinton, threatened a pharmacist at the Dirigo Drug on Main Street with a weapon. Investigators later determined Bradford used the detached barrel of a shotgun.

The Portland Press Herald reports ( ) Bradford demanded the pharmacist give him drugs. Bradford then threatened that the Maine mafia had kidnapped his family and would kill them and him. Bradford added that the mafia would kill the pharmacist when he was not given drugs.

The pharmacist alerted police. Two officers responded to the call and arrested Bradford on a charge of attempted robbery.

Trina Bradford, Dana Bradford’s sister, said her brother had used a similar mafia story with their mother’s neighbor.

Information from: Portland Press Herald,

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