Two arrested after CVS robberies, police look for links after series of thefts

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INDIANAPOLIS – Four CVS stores were robbed within 2 hours and 15 minutes; authorities are interviewing two people who they have in custody.

The first robbery happened at the CVS on the 6500 block of N. Keystone Avenue at 9:30 a.m. Fifteen minutes later, the CVS at the intersection of 56th and Georgetown was robbed. About an hour after that, the CVS off 71st and Michigan was robbed. Then, around 11:45 a.m. the CVS near 38th and Illinois was robbed. One suspect walked into each store. The suspect went to the back, demanded pharmaceuticals and took off with them.

Police arrested 25-year-old Anthony Sharp and 18-year-old Demonte Jones. Both are preliminarily charged with robbery in connection with the Keystone Avenue theft. Lt. Chris Bailey with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department says officers are investigating if the two men are linked to the other robberies, although they say they haven’t connected them just yet. They’re also checking past pharmacy robberies to see if the men had any involvement. Bailey said it’s possible there was a getaway driver at each robbery.

Bailey said the suspect passed the pharmacist a note at the first robbery.

“Hopefully with the two people we got in custody now, they’ll be able to share some of that information as to why they’re selecting CVS pharmacies to do this and then, maybe we can help CVS and other pharmacies learn some valuable lessons to try to prevent these in the future,” Bailey said.

IMPD has not released too many details about the second or third robbery.  Fox 59 alerted IMPD about a note found across the street from the third CVS store that was robbed. A woman flagged down one of our photographers and directed him to the note. An officer responded and took the note away as evidence. It read:

“Thiss a robbery(.) I need all Percocests 10mg and all tussinex(.) YOU HAVE 15 SECONDS”.

Bailey said the suspect in the fourth CVS robbery showed a handgun. Authorities are looking into whether the same people were behind the robberies. It is unclear what type of drugs were taken from each store.

“Overuse of prescription medication and illegal use of prescription medication has been a problem for a number of years and with the addiction issues we have right now…it’s not an increase trend…it’s been a problem for a while,” Bailey said.

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