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Friday, January 27, 2017

Indianapolis man sentenced to federal prison for local pharmacy robberies

Robbed or attempted to rob CVS and Walgreen’s stores


Indianapolis – United States Attorney Josh J. Minkler announced today that an Indianapolis man was sentenced to prison for his role in the robbery or attempted robbery of four Indianapolis pharmacies. Jensen Gayden, 20, was sentenced to 108 months (nine years) imprisonment by U.S. District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt, following his guilty plea to four counts of interference with commerce by threats of violence and one count of possession of a firearm during and in furtherance of a crime of violence.

“Pharmacy robberies are not only acts of violence that put our community in harm’s way, but they also contribute to the opioid abuse problem which has become such a scourge in Indiana and around the country,” said Minkler.

Gayden robbed the Walgreens pharmacy located at 3003 Kessler Boulevard North on June 22, 2015, and a CVS pharmacy located at 6290 North College Avenue on June 24, 2015. Also on June 24, 2015, Gayden attempted to rob a CVS pharmacy located at 3808 East Washington Street and the same Walgreens pharmacy located at 3003 Kessler Boulevard North that he had successfully robbed two days earlier. Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officers arrested Gayden after he attempted the Walgreens robbery on June 24, 2015.

According to United States Attorneys Bradley A. Blackington and MaryAnn T. Mindrum who prosecuted this case for the government, Gayden must pay a $1,000 fine and serve two years of supervised release following his sentence.

Updated January 27, 2017