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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Pharmacy robber sentenced in federal court

Stole prescription pain pills at gunpoint 


Indianapolis - United States Attorney Josh J. Minkler, announced today the sentencing of an Indianapolis man for robbing a Southside CVS Pharmacy.  Anthony Jackson, 19, was sentenced to 111 months (over nine years), by U.S. District Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson.

“Pharmacy robberies not only put the employees and patrons of the store at risk but introduce dangerous opioid prescription drugs into our community,” said Minkler. “Those pills contribute to addiction, violence and other social issues that negatively affect public safety.”

On October 14, 2015, Jackson entered the CVS Pharmacy at 3705 Kentucky Av. in Indianapolis armed with a 9mm handgun.  He robbed the pharmacy and fled out the emergency exit door.  He was quickly apprehended by members of the IMPD Commercial Robbery Unit and FBI agents who were nearby as part of an on-going investigation.

In total, 3649 Oxycodone pills, 512 Alprazolam pills, 548 Hydrocodone pills, 107 Morphine pills and other controlled substances were taken from the pharmacy and recovered.

“In 2015, Marion County was the epicenter for pharmacy robberies in Indiana,” said IMPD Chief Troy Riggs.  “We will continue to work with our federal partners, including the U.S. Attorney’s Office, to vigorously purse federal charges against those committing these violent crimes. Successful prosecution of these cases at the federal level should serve as a deterrent to those targeting pharmacies in our city.”

According to Senior Litigation Counsel Bradley A. Blackington who prosecuted this case for the government, Jackson must serve three years of supervised release following his term of imprisonment.

Updated September 22, 2016