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Colorado Springs police arrest suspect in pharmacy robberies

After a conviction on charges of committing a robbery in Colorado Springs, a person can face the very real possibility of spending significant time behind bars.

One man might be looking at that prospect after his arrest by Colorado Springs police officers. He's charged with robbing the same pharmacy at least three times in the past half-year.

The 38-year-old was arrested a couple of nights ago and is being held at El Paso County Jail. His bail is $75,000 in the case of three robberies of a N. Nevada Ave. pharmacy.

Law enforcement officials say he's suspected of taking painkilling drugs from the store during two of the robberies.

They suspect the man of robbing the store on May 15. He's accused of demanding Oxycontin and Percocet from an employee after saying to the clerk, "you know what I'm here for."

Police say the suspect returned to the store two months later. In that June robbery, a man grabbed drugs from the pharmacy, but a clerk intervened by attempting to tackle him. That caused the man to drop the drugs and flee.

The third robbery was about two weeks ago, police said.

Police say there have been similar incidents at other stores in the area, including three other pharmacy robberies across the city in March.

One S. Nevada Ave. pharmacy has been robbed three times; employees there now lock narcotics in a store safe.

Obviously, the suspect who has been arrested is entitled to a presumption of innocence as well as a thorough, effective defense.

Source: Colorado Springs Gazette: "Suspect arrested in robberies of prescription meds," Ryan Maye Handy and Jakob Rodgers, Nov. 2, 2011

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