Tulsa man accused of stealing prescription pills from Walgreens

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Updated: 4/30/2013 9:24 am Published: 4/28/2013 9:34 pm

A man was arrested after Tulsa police said he threatened a pharmacy with a gun and demanded OxyContin and Lortabs. 

28-year-old Zachary Paul Hynes was allegedly dropped off at Walgreens at 51st and Lewis on Saturday night around 7:30.  Witnesses told police he told the pharmacy he had a gun and he wanted prescription painkillers.  He got away but not before witnesses wrote down his truck’s license plate.  Tulsa police also watched the store’s surveillance video and saw Hynes wearing a red and black jacket. 

They identified the location of the vehicle and the man who drove it told police he did drop Hynes off at that Walgreens, but he denied knowing Hynes robbed the pharmacy.  He told police he dropped Hynes off at 4115 South 33rd West Ave. 

When police arrived Hynes would not come out right away. Police did get him to come out and arrested him and according to the police report they located his black and red jacket in the house that they also saw in the surveillance video.  Officers also found pill bottles that matched the description of pill bottles stolen from Walgreens. 

Reports state Oklahoma is number in the nation for prescription painkiller abuse.  The state is known to be the meth capitol of the nation but a state addict treatment physician said five times as many people in the state are dying from prescription drugs as they are from methamphetamines. 

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