Suspected robber demands pills, threatens store manager

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Updated: 4/30/2013 8:43 am Published: 4/29/2013 10:38 pm

A suspected robber threatened a Walgreens manager and witnesses told police he forced the woman into a back room and barricaded it and demanded medication.

“It shook up the store manager pretty good and she had every right to be scared,” said Muskogee Police Lt. Bobby Lee.

Now the suspected robber, Wesley Dutton, 23, is in jail on complaints of robbery, kidnapping and sexual battery charges.

On Saturday, Muskogee police arrested Dutton at the Walgreens in the 100 block of N. 32nd Street in Muskogee around 8:30 pm.

Online court records show Dutton is serving a deferred sentence from a March, 2012 domestic abuse by strangulation charge.

Police say he threatened the manager with explosives he didn’t have on him.

“Employees told officer there was no other way out. There was no other door out that room,” said Lee. “He was very forceful in his demands.” 

The suspect is accused of inappropriately touching the manager. When police arrived on the scene, the woman was able to escape and they forced the door open.

Other pharmacists have taken notice.

“It’s unpredictable,” said Ernie Sykora with Ernie’s Pharmacy and Wellness Center. “You never know when it will hit the Muskogee area more.”

He has been targeted by a prescription medication thief.

“He didn’t get away with anything. But he did get caught,” said Sykora.

As many pharmacies have now, surveillance cameras are everywhere at Ernie’s and medications are locked tight.

“We try and have more security for them,” said Sykora.

Customers are also aware of the problem.

“So brazen and disrespectful,” said TJ Hamilton. “I would hope that I would try and stop it.”

Police recommend staying a safe distance but do your best to get a good description of the thief and call 911.

The Muskogee County District Attorney Larry Moore says he plans to file a motion for an application to accelerate on Dutton.

Dutton is serving a 10-year-deferred sentence for two separate crimes involving domestic abuse by strangulation, writing a $120 on a stolen check.

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