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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of New York

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, April 23, 2015

Former North Tonawanda Resident Pleads Guilty To Pharmacy Robbery

CONTACT: Barbara Burns
PHONE:  (716) 843-5817
FAX #:    (716) 551-3051
  
BUFFALO, N.Y.-U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. announced today that Phillip A. Krehan, 32, currently of Addison, Maine and formerly of North Tonawanda, NY, pleaded guilty to pharmacy robbery before U.S. Magistrate Judge Leslie G. Foschio.  The charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Frank T. Pimentel, who is handling the case, stated that on May 9, 2013, Krehan walked into the Walgreens Pharmacy at 1066 Payne Avenue in North Tonawanda and threatened a pharmacy employee while demanding fentanyl patches and Opana tablets, which were then given to the defendant.

The plea is the result of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge James J. Hunt, New York Field Division and the North Tonawanda Police Department, under the direction of Chief William Hall.

Sentencing will be scheduled at a later date before Senior U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny.

Updated April 24, 2015