Oxycontin Demanded at Gunpoint From Multiple Pharmacies

November 10, 2014
Eileen Oldfield Associate Editor

Among other pharmacy crimes, a Rite Aid in New Hampshire was recently robbed of 1100 Oxycontin pills.

A Rite Aid in New Hampshire was robbed of 1100 Oxycontin pills by a masked bandit yesterday.

According to WMUR, the armed robber allegedly jumped over the pharmacy counter, pointed the gun at the pharmacist, and demanded drugs. The pills are valued at tens of thousands of dollars, investigators said.

The suspect allegedly ran into the woods behind the pharmacy in Bristol, New Hampshire, after receiving the drugs. No one was injured during the incident.

Local police believe the suspect was picked up at a Dunkin Donuts that is located several yards behind the Rite Aid.

In North Knoxville, Tennessee, police have charged a man and a woman with aggravated burglary shortly after they demanded Oxycontin from a CVS pharmacy at gunpoint on November 7, 2014.

Tayler Beets, 19, allegedly showed the pharmacist a gun and demanded the narcotics while John Cizik, 21, allegedly waited outside in a getaway vehicle, WBIR reports.

Police reportedly received a tip about a person resembling the female suspect, which led to the arrests.

At another CVS pharmacy in Albuquerque, New Mexico, police are using surveillance video to identify 2 men who ransacked the store.

The men are also suspected of holding up a second CVS in late October for Oxycontin pills, KRQE News 13 reports. Police say a similar robbery occurred at an area Walgreens, as well.

Police in Harrington, Delaware, are pursuing a suspect who demanded drugs from Hometown Drugs Pharmacy at gunpoint on November 8, 2014.

The suspect allegedly handed the pharmacist a note demanding a bag be filled with narcotics and then reportedly pointed a handgun at the pharmacist, according to WMDT 47 TV. The suspect fled the store with an undisclosed amount of prescription drugs.

Police could not determine whether the suspect was male or female.

Twin Falls, Idaho authorities have arrested 3 suspects on charges related to 3 recent pharmacy robberies.

Angelic Escobedo, 21, Bradley Holcomb, 20, and Brody Trout, 24, were taken into custody on November 6, 2014, and November 7, 2014, KMVT TV reports.

Police believe the trio is connected to a November 6, 2014, robbery at a Shopko, as well as a Walgreens robbery that occurred 20 minutes later. During both incidents, a male entered the pharmacies and demanded controlled substances, including Oxycontin, hydromorphine, and methadone. Weapons were not displayed during either incident.

At 5:24 p.m. on November 6, 2014, police were dispatched to the Orchard Pharmacy in Swensens Market, for a report of suspicious individuals matching the robbery suspects’ descriptions. Store employees reported that the individuals bought a box of syringes and then left the store.

Escobedo and Trout were allegedly suspects in prior investigations, which led police to their residence. Interviews with police allegedly led to their connection with other pharmacy robberies, in addition to Holcomb’s alleged involvement.

An investigation of Holcomb’s house produced a gray sweatshirt believed to be worn during the robbery, as well as 91 methadone pills consistent with the medications taken from Walgreens.