Man abducted in theft of drug delivery truck

Police call robbery 'incredibly thought-out'

December 13, 2010|By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun

A pharmaceutical delivery driver was abducted while making his rounds in West Baltimore on Monday morning by thieves who made off with a truckload of drug products, police said.

Police called the morning robbery "incredibly thought-out," and were looking for three suspects. The robbery occurred about 9 a.m. in the 2000 block of W. Pratt St., outside the tiny Westside Pharmacy and Wellness Center.

The 55-year-old driver was forced at gunpoint into the back of his delivery truck and taken to an unknown location where the suspects unloaded about 80 crates of drug products. The driver called police from the 2000 block of Annapolis Road about 10:10 a.m.

"The value of the drugs is significant," said police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi, who could not give a dollar figure for their value. "We believe the individuals responsible might have had knowledge about where and when the truck was going to be."

Guglielmi said police were in contact with local FBI and the Drug Enforcement Administration agents.

At the pharmacy, located along a struggling commercial corridor in West Baltimore, a handwritten, neon-yellow sign tells customers when the store will be closed, and a flier for a lost dog is also on the door. The inside resembles a hardware store, and the service counter is in the back.

A manager, who declined to give his name, said he didn't know what had happened until detectives visited the store later in the day. He said the driver drops off supplies every weekday morning but that he did not know his name.

"This is the first time we've had something like this happen in eight years," he said. "We're just happy he was not harmed."

Police did not give a description of the suspects.

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