Police investigate recent pharmacy robberies involving young suspects

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Sept. 23, 2015) - Police reports show a kid walked into a north side Walgreens, went up to the pharmacy counter then handed an employee a note demanding prescription drugs. Detectives are investigating seven pharmacy robberies or attempted robberies in less than a 24 hour period, a vast majority of the cases involve young suspects.

Officers apprehended an 11-year-old suspect after they say he tried to rob the Walgreens at N. Keystone and E. 52nd Street. Police say the boy walked into the store just before 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday. The note he handed over to the store employee said he intended to kill everyone inside if his demands were not met. The employee told a co-worker to call police who ended up catching the boy.

Earlier that day, a suspect anywhere from 16 to 20 years old robbed the Walgreens in the 3500 block of W. 86th Street. Just like the other incident the young man handed a note to the pharmacist that demanded drugs. He implied he had a firearm but if he did it was not shown.

Criminals are turning to kids and teens to carry out pharmacy robberies, according to Steve DuBois with Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana.

"I think some of them are being coached and I think there are adults out there that are responsible for it that we need to get a hold of," said DuBois.

Police are investigating robberies at the following pharmacy locations:

  • 3545 W. 86th St.
  • 5095 E. Thompson Rd.
  • 1808 Albany St.
  • 5119 N. Keystone Ave. (two incidents)
  • 4555 N. Shadeland Ave.
  • 7240 E. 82nd St.


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