Police arrest pharmacy robbers

  • Thursday, April 18, 2013



As of Thursday morning Summerville Police had arrested two suspects connected with separate pharmacy robberies that both occurred Tuesday.
The robberies are not connected, according to a statement released by Summerville Police Department.
Joel Morgan, 31, of Summerville was arrested in connection to the 301 North Main St. CVS Pharmacy armed robbery. Morgan is charged with robbery while armed with a deadly weapon and possession of weapon during a violent crime, according to SPD Capt. Jon Rogers.
Michael Chester, 20, of Moncks Corner was arrested in connection to the 1120 North Main St. Walgreens robbery. Chester is charged with strong-armed robbery.
Both subjects were expected to receive a bond hearing Thursday afternoon at the Summerville Municipal Court.
A white male with brown hair robbed the CVS Pharmacy at 301 N. Main St. at about 12:30 a.m. Tuesday.
The suspect approached the pharmacist with a handkerchief over his face and presented a kitchen knife while demanding Oxycontin, according to the Summerville Police Department incident report.
The suspect exclaimed: “Now! Hurry!” The pharmacist turned over five bottles of Oxycontin by setting them on the counter. The suspect took the pill bottles and placed them in the handkerchief, fled down aisle 9 and exited the store, according to the report.
The shift supervisor told officers she didn’t realize a robbery took place until after police arrived. Surveillance video shows the suspect rob the pharmacist, exit the building, get on a bicycle and ride east toward East 2nd North Street.
A man walked into Walgreens Tuesday at about 6:20 p.m., went to the pharmacy and said he was robbing them of two types of prescription drugs.
The pharmacy technician told the pharmacy manager they were being robbed. The pharmacy manager handed over the bottles as the suspect apologized and exited the store.
When the suspect first entered the store, he went to the restroom then walked to the pharmacy counter. The suspect told the pharmacist technician, “I’m sorry to have to do this to you but you have two minutes to give me Opana and Oxycodone.”
The pharmacy technician said while speaking to the pharmacy manager the suspect was counting down the two minutes aloud. The manager grabbed an open bottle of 5mg Opana (10 tablets) and open bottles of Oxycodone – one 30mg (27 tablets) and another 20mg (27 tablets), according to the report.
The manager gave the bottles to the suspect when he was at the 30-second mark in the countdown. The manager told police the suspect kept his left hand in his pocket as though he was holding a weapon.
The suspect told the manager he was “really sorry” before leaving the building, according to the report.
An employee of a nearby pizza restaurant told police she saw a male matching the description walking with a brown paper bag in hand from the backside of Walgreens on Bear Island Road toward Sheep Island Road, according to the report.

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