2013-02-28 / Front Page

Skidmore Pleads In Pharmacy Robbery To be sentenced on April 2

By Chanin Rotz-Mountz
NEWS EDITOR


Nathen Skidmore Nathen Skidmore A former southern Fulton County man appeared in county court last week to answer to allegations he robbed a McConnellsburg Borough pharmacy of prescription pills.

Nathen Lee Skidmore, formerly of Warf ordsburg, appeared before Fulton County Court of Common Pleas Judge Carol L. Van Horn on February 19 for mandatory arraignment. Skidmore waived his right to arraignment 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.

The 24-year-old entered a guilty plea to robbery with threat of serious bodily injury and will be sentenced on April 2.

Charges against Skidmore stem from a robbery that occurred earlier this month at MacDonald’s Pharmacy during the morning hours on Saturday, February 2. Investigating officer Trooper Timothy Lear of the Pennsylvania State Police barracks in McConnellsburg alleged in charging documents Skidmore walked into the pharmacy between 11:30 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. and 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, Addeterall 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. Those same articles of clothing were later found at Skidmore’s current residence at 13822 Vantz Street, Hancock, Md., when state police officers arrived to “conduct a knock and talk.”

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

Police said they were led to Skidmore after interviewing pharmacy employees and reviewing surveillance footage. The charging document further indicates a connection with Skidmore was possible due to his suspected involvement in an assault in the hours prior to the robbery. An alleged theft of prescription drugs, namely Ridalin, was a part of the assault.

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