LIMA — A 17-year-old boy accused of robbing an employee of a local pharmacy could be tried as an adult.
Senneca Rivers, of Indiana, was at a hearing Thursday in Allen County Juvenile Court to be advised of the aggravated robbery charge against him. Prosecutors are seeking to try him as an adult.
Rivers and three adults charged, Abigail Lee, 26; Treyvon Manning, 18, and Quintez Hawkins, 18, all of Indianapolis, also are under investigation to see if they are connected to a string of similar robberies at pharmacies in Ohio and Indiana that match the way the crimes happened in Lima, said Allen County Sheriff Lt. Mark Baker.
The four are being held over an April 26 robbery at 1:39 a.m. at Walgreens at Allentown and Cable roads, Baker said.
Rivers is accused of hopping over the counter at the pharmacy, pulling a handgun on the employee and taking opioid-based pain medicine. The woman and one of the men scouted the store and then walked out just before Rivers robbed it. The other man was the get-away driver, Baker said.
No one was physically injured during the robbery, Baker said.
The four were arrested in Shelby County after Lee crashed the car on Interstate 75 when she fell asleep, Baker said.
Detectives also are investigating two similar robberies at the same Walgreens on Sept. 12 and Oct. 31 but do not have enough evidence to charge anyone. If anyone has information on those robberies, they are asked to contact Detc. Brad Hoy at 419-993-1431.
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