Pharmacy robbery foiled by crime fighting tool – 4 teens arrested

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Oct. 15th 2015) -- Four teens are behind bars accused of robbing an Indianapolis pharmacy at gunpoint.

So far this year the Indiana Pharmacy Board estimates there have been 169 similar crimes in the state.

That’s a dubious number that leads the nation.

“That’s terrible,” said CVS customer Chuck Stout. “When you’re worse than L.A. Come on!”

Stout visits the CVS store on Kentucky avenue all the time.

Last night police say two 17-years-old and two other 18-year-old suspects, all armed, tried to rob the store.

Witnesses tell us the suspects tried to wait for a time delay safe to open and by the time the thieves went to leave police were waiting outside.

Time delay safes are designed to deter would be crooks by not opening for a certain period of time after a code is put in.

“We support the retail pharmacies as they take steps they deem necessary to stem the tide of these incidents,” said Ted Cotterill with the Indiana Pharmacy Board.

Last month CVS announced it had installed time delay safes in more than 150 stores in the metro, the first city in the country where the company has taken that step.

Many customers now feel safer knowing the safes are in place.

“You know we’ve seen 169 successful robberies this year. It’s something we want to put an end to,” said Cotterill.

“Whatever it’s gonna take, they should do it,” said Stout.

Police say the four suspects may be connected to several other pharmacy robberies as well.

Investigators expect the two juveniles will be charges as adults.

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