Three teenagers are facing charges after robbing a pharmacy in Bellevue Sunday. Around 9:20 a.m., two armed teens walked in and used zip-ties on a customer and two employees. They ordered the pharmacist to hand over prescription medications and took off running.
Bellevue police were able to track down the suspects and located a handgun and $60,000 of prescription pills inside their vehicle. 18 year old Daewoo Robertson and a 17 year old male were booked for robbery, false imprisonment and other charges. 19 year old Billy Adell III was booked for robbery and criminal conspiracy. The customer suffered minor injuries.
There have been a number of pharmacy robberies in the metro and the targeted substance is opioids. Kubat Pharmacist Jim Quinnley says they have had to up their security because of the epidemic. He says, “We have installed silent alarms. We also have GPS trackers in some of the bottles that they steal so if they take a bottle of oxycontin, the tracker starts and the police can just follow them down the street. I know a lot of pharmacists, including myself, have concealed carry permits.”
Quinnley says the most sought after pills are oxycontin and slow release oxycodone. Those drugs are sold on the street. He says, “You can get an 80 milligram tablet and they get about a buck per milligram so they can make a lot of money on the street.”