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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Michigan

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, July 8, 2019

Two Men Sentenced To Prison for Their Roles In a Pharmacy Robbery

Two men from Eastpointe were sentenced today for their role in the robbery of a pharmacy and related drug offenses, announced United States Attorney Matthew Schneider.

Schneider was joined in the announcement by Special Agent in Charge Timothy R. Slater, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Detroit Division.

Sentenced were Larry Baker, III, age 21, and Devin Reed, age 19.  Baker was sentenced to 72 months and Reed was sentenced to 60 months today. In addition to the prison sentences, both defendants were ordered to serve 3 years of supervised release. United States District Judge Nancy G. Edmunds of the Eastern District of Michigan imposed the sentences.

According to court records, in the early hours of June 26, 2018, Baker, Reed, and two other individuals broke into a Walgreens pharmacy located in Eastpointe, Michigan and stole two safes filled with prescription medications.  They placed the safes in the bed of a stolen truck and drove away.  Police encountered the truck and a pursuit ensured.  During the pursuit, the safes containing the medications fell from the bed of the truck and broke open.  The truck eventually lost control and crashed.  Baker, Reed, and the two other individuals then fled on foot.  After a foot chase, the police were able to stop and arrest the defendants.  The total quantity of drugs taken was over 25,000 pills with a total value of more than $100,000.  Many of the pills contained opioids like fentanyl, hydrocodone, and oxycodone.

The investigation of the case was conducted by special agents and task force officers of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant United States Attorney John Meixner prosecuted the case for the United States.

 

Topic(s): 
Violent Crime
Updated July 8, 2019