2013-02-06 / Front Page

Skidmore Arrested In Borough Pharmacy Robbery

Demands prescription medication
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz

Nathen Skidmore Nathen Skidmore NEWS EDITOR

A former Warfordsburg area man was remanded to the Franklin County Jail over the weekend after allegedly robbing a McConnellsburg Borough pharmacy of prescription medication.

Twenty-fouryear old Nathen Lee Skidmore, currently of 13822 Vantz Street, Hancock, Md., was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Tamela Bard on Saturday, February 2, on 12 counts of robbery, three counts of terroristic threats and one count each of theft by unlawful taking or disposition and possession of a controlled or counterfeit substance. Bail in the case was set at $500,000.

Allegations against Skidmore stem from the robbery of Mac- Donald’s Pharmacy Saturday morning between 11:30 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. According to investigating officer Trooper Timothy Lear of the Pennsylvania State Police barracks in McConnellsburg, Skidmore allegedly presented a “threatening note to pharmacy employees demanding medication.”

In an affidavit of probable cause, Trooper Lear states the note penned on a white envelope read, “You have five seconds to put a Ritalin, Adderall and Xanax in the bag before I kill you and everybody here! This is not a game, test me!”

No gun or weapon was displayed during the incident. The suspect was described as wearing a white mask over his face, dark hoody, blue jeans and white sneakers.

In conducting interviews with the pharmacy employees on hand as well as reviewing surveillance footage, police were reportedly led to Skidmore as a possible suspect. The affidavit further notes the connection with Skidmore was due to his involvement in an assault on the previous shift at the barracks that involved the alleged theft of prescription drugs, namely Ridilin.

Within an hour of the robbery occurring, fellow troopers Ken Falkosky and Mike Sprague arrived at Skidmore’s Hancock residence to “conduct a knock and talk,” the affidavit said. Invited inside the home by Skidmore’s girlfriend, one of the troopers observed a pair of white sneakers and clothing that appeared to match the items worn by the suspect. Among the clothing seized were the sneakers, dark, but faded, blue jeans with a light brown belt and a dark-blue hoody.

Skidmore was placed under arrest, but prior to police departing his girlfriend dumped a cardboard box of clothing that also contained stolen prescription pill bottles, the affidavit concluded. Among the pills stolen from the pharmacy were two bottles of Alprazolam and three bottles of methylphenidate, all valued between $200 and $2,000.

In a follow-up press release from Trooper Falkosky, police noted Skidmore attempted to escape custody following arraignment. Even though he wasn’t successful, the incident brings about an additional set of charges, including aggravated assault, criminal attempt escape, resisting arrest, terroristic threats and simple assault.

Skidmore has had several brushes with the law in Fulton County in recent years. In 2007, he was accused of robbing the Warfordsburg Exxon at the intersection of Interstate 70 and Great Cove Road. He eventually entered a guilty plea to theft by unlawful taking that resulted in an incarceration of four to 23 months.

Two years later in 2009, Skidmore was charged by state police with possession of a controlled substance and possession of small amount of marijuana, to which he pleaded guilty and received an additional prison sentence.

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