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Charleston police say arrest made in pharmacy robbery

Metro 911 says a man who claimed to have a gun took pills Thursday afternoon from the Rite Aid at Washington Street West and Watts Avenue. (WCHS/WVAH)

UPDATE, 6 p.m.

Charleston police said they have made an arrest in the robbery of a pharmacy on the West Side.

Charleston Police Chief Opie Smith said Benjamin Lowman, 43, was arrested in the 1200 block of Summit Drive about 30 minutes after the robbery.

Smith said Lowman went into the pharmacy at about 4 p.m. Thursday with a note saying he had a weapon and that he wanted a specific type of medication. Police said it is unclear at this time if he had a weapon.

Smith said Lowman got away with an undisclosed amount of medication and left the scene in a white Dodge Caravan. Police said vehicle was found a short time later parked outside a residence on Summit Drive. Police said he exited the residence and surrendered without incident.

Lowman is charged with second-degree robbery. He is being held in the South Central Regional Jail on $25,000 bond.

Smith said officers are continuing to investigate.

UPDATE, 5:32 p.m.

Charleston police said they have made an arrest in the robbery of a pharmacy on the West Side.

Police are holding a news conference at 5:45 p.m. to provide details.

The robbery occurred about 4 p.m. Thursday at the Rite Aid Pharmacy at Washington Street West and Watts Avenue.

A man claimed to have a gun and left the store with pills.

ORIGINAL STORY

Metro 911 said Charleston police are investigating after a man who claimed to have a gun got away with pills from a pharmacy on the West Side.

The incident happened about 4 p.m. Thursday at the Rite Aid Pharmacy at Washington Street West and Watts Avenue.

A dispatcher said the male suspect’s face was covered with a mask or scarf.

This marks the second pharmacy robbery in the area in recent weeks. On Dec. 21, 2018, police said a man entered the Walmart pharmacy in Nitro, jumped the counter and stole an undetermined amount of needles and what appeared to be narcotics. Police arrested one man, suspected of being the getaway driver.

Police are still seeking a second suspect in the Nitro robbery, Deaire Deshawn Brown, 24. Authorities said Brown is believed to be the leader of a group that has been jumping counters and robbing pharmacies in several states.


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