Hampstead woman sentenced to 8.5 years for role in 2009 Finksburg robbery

Police seized 'hundreds of pills' and cash after pharmacy robbery

October 28, 2011

A Hampstead woman was sentenced on Friday, Oct. 28, to eight-and-half-years in prison for her role in the September 2009 robbery of a Finksburg pharmacy.

Victoria Jean Reid, 26, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz to the 102-month term, to be followed by three years of supervised release for conspiracy to commit an armed robbery and using a gun during the robbery.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney John Sippel.

Officials said Joseph Wagner, 26, of Baltimore, has also pleaded guilty to the same charges and was sentenced in June to also serve 102 months in prison.

The U.S. Attorney's Office said that, according to Reid's plea agreement, on Sept. 30, 2009, Reid and Wagner entered the Finksburg Pharmacy wearing sweatshirts with the hoods covering their heads. Wagner pointed a handgun in the face of one of the three employees working in the pharmacy and threatened to kill her if she moved.

Reid demanded specific medications, including Oxycontin, Xanax and Percocet, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office account. After the employee showed Reid where the medications were stored, Wagner bound two employees' hands and feet with "zip ties."

According to the account, the third employee was hiding in a back room and called 911, stating that the robbers were still in the pharmacy.

State police responded and saw two people wearing sweatshirts with the hoods up, walking across the parking lot away from the pharmacy. As the troopers pulled into the pharmacy's parking lot, the two people got into a car and drove away, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

One of the troopers spotted the car on the next street and stopped the vehicle. Reid and Wagner were arrested after troopers recovered a loaded pistol from the vehicle, the report said.

Search warrants for the vehicle were obtained and among the items seized were a pillowcase with 75 pill bottles containing hundreds of pills of Percocet, Oxycontin and other controlled substances; two hooded sweatshirts, two ski masks, latex gloves, zip ties, duct tape and $1,577, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office report.

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