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Indianapolis man sentenced to 15 years for pharmacy robbery

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Indiana
Southside CVS robbed by armed man dressed as woman

INDIANAPOLIS - Josh J. Minkler, United States Attorney announced today an Indianapolis man was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison for the armed robbery of an Indianapolis pharmacy in July of 2013. Glen Robert Wines, Jr., 46, was sentenced in federal court by U.S. District Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson after pleading guilty to charges of interference with interstate commerce by robbery and possession of a firearm by an armed career criminal.

“A mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years is reserved for the worst-of-the-worst,” said Minkler. “After being convicted of multiple violent felonies, Wines chose to commit an armed robbery of a pharmacy. He deserves every day of the 15 year mandatory minimum sentence.”

The joint FBI/IMPD investigation in this case revealed that on July 21, 2013, Wines entered the CVS Pharmacy located at 7915 South Emerson Avenue, Indianapolis, Indiana, wearing a straw hat, gray dress, red cardigan sweater, and sunglasses. Wines proceeded to the pharmacy counter and handed CVS employees a note which read, in part, “Don’t be stupid, I have a gun.” The note also demanded that employees hand over Oxycontin, Oxycodone, and Suboxone. After handing the note to the CVS employees, Wines pulled back his red cardigan sweater to reveal that he indeed had a gun in a holster on his hip. In response to the note, CVS employees filled a brown paper bag with prescription pills and handed the paper bag to Wines who then fled the store.

Responding IMPD officers quickly intercepted Wines’ getaway vehicle at the intersection of West Raymond Street and Interstate 65. Located in plain site on the front passenger floorboard was a straw hat and gray dress. In the trunk of the vehicle, IMPD officers located a brown paper bag containing all the pills taken during the robbery of the CVS. The brown paper bag with the pills was sitting on top of a 9mm pistol that was loaded with several rounds of live ammunition.  Also located in the subject vehicle were a black nylon holster and a pair of sunglasses.

Wines, who has multiple prior felony convictions, is considered an armed career criminal under federal law and received an enhanced sentence for the firearm possession charge due to his violent criminal history.

According to Assistant United States Attorney Matthew Rinka, who prosecuted the case for the government, Judge Stinson also ordered Wines to serve five years of supervised release upon discharge from the U.S. Bureau of Prisons.

Updated May 20, 2015