Walgreens robbed; suspects arrested after auto accident

LIMA — A man was arrested in Shelby County on Wednesday morning and charged with a Lima robbery from a few hours earlier.

The Walgreens store at 701 N. Cable Road was robbed at about 1:40 a.m. Wednesday, Allen County Sheriff’s Office officials reported Monday.

Officials said a man crossed the pharmacy counter with a handgun. He held the gun to the pharmacist while demanding narcotics. The man obtained multiple bottles of various types of narcotics, with some 3,500 pills, before fleeing the business. He was described as a black man about 5-foot-9, about 17 to 20 years old, and with a thin build. He was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, light-colored pants, black sneakers and a red baseball cap.

At about 6:40 a.m. Wednesday, the Piqua post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol responded to an accident on Interstate 75 at mile post 87 in Shelby County. The accident involved a blue Honda CRV with Florida license plates. During the accident investigation, troopers found a large quantity of prescription pills and a 9 mm handgun in the vehicle. Two 18-year-old men, a 17-year-old boy and a 26-year-old woman, all from Indianapolis, were taken into custody.

Upon further investigation between the Ohio State Highway Patrol and the Allen County Sheriff’s Office’s detective bureau, the 17-year-old boy was identified as a suspect in the armed robbery at Walgreens. All four arrested face numerous charges in Shelby and Allen counties.

Anyone with further information regarding the robbery was asked to contact the lead investigator, Detective Brad Hoy, at the Allen County Sheriff’s Office at 419-993-1431.

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