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Teen boy arrested and charged in three CVS robberies

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (March 20, 2015) – IMPD has identified and arrested a 14-year-old male in connection with three separate robberies at two CVS Pharmacy locations on the northwest side of Indianapolis.

The male is accused of committing the following robberies:

  1. March 11, 2015 (5502 West 38th Street)
  2. March 12, 2015 (3350 North High School Road)
  3. March 17, 2015 (5502 West 38th Street)

According to police reports, during each instance the suspect entered the CVS and handed the pharmacist a note. The note stated that they were being robbed and demanded narcotics.

After his demands were met, the suspect fled from the store on foot.

Officers were able to identify the suspect from surveillance images, and he was located and arrested.

He was charged with three counts of robbery transported to the Juvenile Detention Center for processing.

IMPD says these thefts point to a growing problem in our area.

"We can't refute chemical dependence is at an all time high. Not just in our community but across the country and prescription drugs seem to be the drug of choice," said Officer Chris Wilburn.

Addiction specialists say this also points to prescription drugs as the gateway to heroin use. The clinical director at the Salvation Army Harbor Light Center says 90% of their residents that use heroin started with prescription drugs and the population is getting younger.

"Kids gravitate to that because it gives them a very potent high and that's another thing the potency of the drug is significantly higher than it was 20-30 years ago. Those things come together for the opportunity to feel better and do it cheaper than ever before," said Stephen Shields.

CVS tells us they're working with local law enforcement on these cases and high definition surveillance images has helped them track down pharmacy thieves. In addition to surveillance there are guards at select CVS stores.