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OxyContin stolen at gunpoint from Henderson Center pharmacy in Eureka

  1. Balzafire
    Redwood Pharmacies in Eureka was reportedly robbed at gunpoint Wednesday afternoon for its stock of the narcotic OxyContin.

    The Eureka Police Department responded to the Henderson Center pharmacy on F Street at about 3 p.m. for reports of an armed robbery. After pointing a handgun at the clerk, the suspect ran out of the store, in back of the building and down the alley behind it, according to the EPD. Police are investigating whether this latest OxyContin robbery is related to others committed in the Eureka area.

    The suspect was described as a white male adult in baggy blue pants and a gray shirt, about 5 feet 8 inches tall. According to police at the scene, he “went straight for the Oxys” before running off.

    EPD officers temporarily shut down the store while they investigated the scene and collected evidence.

    Pharmacy over-the-counter manager Peggy Whitney said a co-worker alerted her when the robber entered the store with a black cloth covering most of his face. Whitney has worked at the Eureka pharmacy for eight years.

    ”That was the scariest thing I've ever been through,” she said.

    Whitney said she ran in back to tell the pharmacist they were being robbed, and when she turned around, the man was behind her.

    ”He said, 'I just want the OxyContin and I'll be out of here quick,'” Whitney said.

    All the employees, stunned and scared, did not respond, so he repeated himself. One employee pointed out the cupboard the drugs were in, and when he turned around, Whitney ran past him into the office to call 911.

    ”He was so friendly about it -- it was so weird,” Whitney said. “He looked as if he was probably just as scared as we were.”

    Whitney said he took the 40 mg and 80 mg doses of OxyContin from their stock and promptly left the pharmacy. Whitney said she and others think it may be the same man who committed other armed OxyContin robberies, She said that she talked with employees from Lima's Professional Pharmacy, which was robbed last week, and the description of the suspect seemed similar, especially his blue eyes.

    Although the store was closed during the police investigation, Redwood Pharmacies continued business as usual afterwards. Employees were given the option of going home after the incident, but everyone continued their shift.

    ”It's best to just get back on the horse,” Whitney said.

    This latest robbery marks the fourth in the Eureka area targeting pharmacies carrying OxyContin. Lima's Professional Pharmacy was robbed last week of about $2,000 worth of the narcotic, according to the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office. Cloney's Prescription Pharmacy was robbed twice in the same week at gunpoint in late April.

    Cloney's reportedly stopped carrying OxyContin to help ensure the safety of its employees.

    Whitney said she is unsure if they will continue to carry the medication, but said that “our customers have a need for it.” The narcotic helps those with chronic pain function and enjoy life, she said.

    Allison White/The Times-Standard
    Posted: 08/19/2010


  1. Balzafire
    I wouldn't normally post a local crime story like this, but it was a fascinating read so I decided to share it.
  2. Moving Pictures
    I agree. And while I will never defend pointing a gun at someone in cold blood like that, the guy was probably an addict in a bad way. They were probably right, he was just as scared as they were. Swim knows someone who did something like this back in the day and they did it a few times but they were scared out of their minds everytime they did it.

    Hey Balz, do you have the story about the guy (forget his name) who wrote "Drugstore Cowboy" while he was in prison for the shit getting busted a few months back for, you guessed it, robbing pharmacies?? Ha, that was so shit. That guy could never learn.
  3. clean13
    His name is James Fogle, 73 years old, i think he hit a chemist (Aussie Term) in Redmond, is that Seattle?
  4. Balzafire
    Drugstore Cowboy, Stuck in a Loop

    [imgl=white]http://www.drugs-forum.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=16335&stc=1&d=1282393392[/imgl]SEATTLE — James Fogle was in prison when a critically acclaimed movie based on his novel “Drugstore Cowboy” was released in 1989. Starring Matt Dillon and directed by Gus Van Sant, the film portrayed a fumbling band of thieves and addicts who roamed the Pacific Northwest in the 1970s stealing drugs and money from pharmacies.

    You can still find the movie on DVD and the book on Amazon. And after his arrest this week, you can again find Mr. Fogle behind bars.

    The novelist, now 73, was ordered held in $500,000 bail here on Thursday, two days after the police say he and another man, both armed, tried to steal narcotics from a pharmacy in the Seattle suburbs, binding employees’ hands with plastic ties and locking them in a storeroom.

    Mr. Fogle, hooded and wearing a pink bandana over his face while holding trash cans filled with drugs in both hands, was arrested as he walked out the back door of the Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy on a busy street in Redmond, Wash., about 9 p.m. on Tuesday, the police said. He and another man, Shannon Benn, 45, surrendered quietly.

    “We didn’t think it was anybody special,” said Jim Bove, a spokesman for the Redmond police.

    Then the phone started ringing. It turns out that Mr. Fogle’s convictions have been piling up steadily since the movie was made. Court records show a series of arrests and prison stints over the past two decades in Washington and Oregon — and Mr. Fogle is a suspect in still more crimes.

    Detectives in Centralia, Wash., say they believe that he was involved in robberies and attempted robberies at pharmacies there last year. “America’s Most Wanted” aired a segment about the cases this year.
    The police in Centralia said they at first did not have enough information to arrest Mr. Fogle in those crimes, but DNA evidence eventually led them to a man seen with Mr. Fogle near the crime scene, Marvin Flowers Roscoe.

    “At that point they said these guys are part of the ‘Drugstore Cowboy’ deal,” said Warren Hall, who noted he owned three pharmacies that had been broken into in Centralia, two of which have since closed.

    Investigators were not able to match a second DNA sample from the Centralia crimes to Mr. Fogle, but he remains a suspect. “It’s going to come down to him confessing,” said Sgt. Carl Buster. “In my heart, I know it’s him.”

    Noting Mr. Fogle’s extensive criminal history, Judge Arthur R. Chapman of King County District Court said there was a “substantial likelihood” that Mr. Fogle would flee if he were not held in a high bail. Mr. Benn was also held in $500,000 bail. Both are being held on suspicion of first-degree robbery.

    “Drugstore Cowboy” includes several scenes in which the thieves taunt and play pranks on the police. On Tuesday, the police said a 911 caller and a store alarm silently alerted them to the robbery. When officers confronted Mr. Fogle, he did not resist, and he volunteered that he had a weapon hidden in his waistband, a BB gun. A loaded .32-caliber handgun was found in the store.

    “They were caught red-handed,” said Mr. Bove, of the Redmond Police. “It is a pretty open-and-shut case, not a lot of drama.”

    May 27, 2010
  5. Moving Pictures
    Thanks for finding the post, man. What a wasted (no pun intended) life...
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