2013-11-07 / Front Page

McLaughlin’s Robbed Of Prescriptions

Harrisonville man jailed Tuesday in pharmacy robbery
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz

NEWS EDITOR

Forty minutes after allegedly holding up a McConnellsburg pharmacy Tuesday morning, a Harrisonville man was taken into custody by Pennsylvania State Police troopers on charges of robbery.

Justin Lee Smalley of 10944 Pleasant Ridge Road was arrested by investigating officer Trooper Kenneth Falkosky of the McConnellsburg barracks, and remanded to the Franklin County Jail in lieu of $250,000 bail. Charges against the 35-year-old include three counts of robbery and one count each of theft by unlawful taking, possession of a controlled substance and the use or possession of drug paraphernalia.

An affidavit of probable cause filed in the case through Magisterial District Judge Devin Horne indicates state police received a call on station regarding a 10:06 a.m. hold-up alarm at McLaughlin’s Drug Store located at 182 Buchanan Trail, Suite 150

Falkosky said in the charging documents, investigators initiated a call back with pharmacist Walter Lane and learned the store had been robbed of several bottles of prescription medication. Store officials also reportedly identified Smalley as the robber, who was last seen heading eastbound on Route 16 in a black sedan.

Smalley was found 40-minutes later at 18740 Lincoln Highway and was transported to the Fulton County Medical Center for medical evaluation. Police added at the time they were unsure as to the number of prescription pills Smalley had ingested.

Eventually, the affidavit said, Smalley was taken to the barracks where he allegedly provided both a verbal and written statement as to his involvement.

Charging documents allege a note was passed to the pharmacist on duty by Smalley asking for percocets or opiates. While a weapon was not openly displayed to pharmacy staff, Smalley allegedly held his hand inside his pocket in a manner that led Lane to believe he may have possessed a weapon.

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