Suspect picks worst time and place to rob a pharmacy

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LAWRENCE, Indiana (October 3, 2015)— Lawrence Police may have set a new record for apprehending a robbery suspect Saturday.

For one would-be robber, it was the worst possible time and place to hold up a pharmacy.

Investigators say shortly before 1:30 p.m. a 17-year-old male entered the CVS at East 56th Street and Post Road.

The pharmacy clerk told police the suspect handed them a note announcing the robbery and demanded prescription drugs.

The clerk told the robber they were a bit swamped at that moment but they would get the note to the pharmacist as soon as possible.

Police say the clerk stepped away for a moment and was able to notify police.

1:30 p.m. just happens to be shift change for the Lawrence Police Department which is located one block from the pharmacy.

At the precise moment the robbery call went out, a Lawrence police officer was driving past the CVS and pulled in.

Additional officers arrived  on the scene in a matter of seconds.

Police say the robber apparently grew impatient and left the pharmacy empty-handed.

Seeing police officers as he left the CVS, the suspect attempted to run.

Lawrence officers said they had to use a stun gun to apprehend the fleeing suspect.

Investigators ran a check on the 17-year-old and found he is currently on probation for robbing another pharmacy in the IMPD District.

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