Man, 35, charged with robberies of pharmacies

November 15, 1994|By a Sun Staff Writer

A 35-year-old Silver Spring man, nabbed by police in Reisterstown Sunday, has been charged with eight armed robberies of Baltimore County pharmacies in which he allegedly stole cash and hundreds of narcotic pain-killing tablets, police said yesterday.

Douglas Vincent Minchillo was being held last night in lieu of $150,000 bond at the Baltimore County Detention Center, according to police spokesman Cpl. Kevin Novak.

Police said Mr. Minchillo was arrested about 1 p.m. Sunday after he allegedly robbed a Rite Aid Pharmacy in the 100 block of Chartley Drive. Police said the suspect was armed with a pellet pistol that resembled a real weapon and fled the store with $250 in cash and more than 200 tablets of Percocet, a narcotic-based painkiller.

Police said witnesses followed the suspect to a house in the 400 block of Main St. in Reisterstown, where he convinced a resident he needed to use the telephone. After police surrounded the house, the homeowner subdued the suspect, and he was arrested.

Officers recovered the pellet gun, cash and the Percocet pills.

After Mr. Minchillo was interviewed, he was charged with the additional robberies, which occurred in western areas of the county between Oct. 5 and Sunday.

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