A 39-year-old Reading man walked into a Penn Street drugstore, asked for a packet of syringes, opened a bottle of water and cooked up a batch of heroin as stunned employees and customers looked on, police said Monday.
Once James Roberts injected the drug into his arm, he sat in a chair near the pharmacy counter in the back of the Rite Aid pharmacy at 418 Penn St. and waited for police at about 2:40 p.m. Friday, investigators said.
They said Roberts told store employees to call police because he was not going to pay for the syringes or the bottle of water.
Officers arrived and arrested Roberts on drug possession, retail theft and disorderly conduct charges.
He was arraigned in Reading Central Court before Senior District Judge Paul J. Hadzick and committed to Berks County Prison in lieu of $20,000 bail.
Officers said there were about a dozen employees and customers standing around Roberts when they arrived.
August 5, 2014
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