Ohio Men Indicted for Armed Pharmacy Robberies in Erie, Edinboro
A federal grand jury has indicted three Ohio men for a string of armed robberies at six pharmacies, including one in Erie and another in Edinboro, U.S. Attorney Scott Brady announced Wednesday.
Abdulrahman Abdelaziz Jamea, 21; Arthur Lee Worthy II, 21; and Mohammad Jibril, 19, all formerly of Reynoldsburg, Ohio, were named in the seven-count indictment, which includes charges of conspiracy to commit armed pharmacy robbery, armed pharmacy robbery and conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribute Schedule II controlled substances.
The following pharmacies were targeted by the suspects:
- Sept. 27, 2018 - CVS Pharmacy, 124 Erie Street, Edinboro, Pennsylvania 16412
- Nov. 17, 2018 - Rite Aid Pharmacy, 1799 Third Street, Beaver, Pennsylvania 15009
- Nov. 22, 2018 - CVS Pharmacy, 4610 Centre Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15213
- Dec. 2, 2018 - Rite Aid Pharmacy, 301 Greene Street, Marietta, Ohio 45750
- Dec. 7, 2018 - CVS Pharmacy, 3800 Pine Avenue, Erie, Pennsylvania 16508
- May 10, 2019 - Rite Aid Pharmacy, 417 Chartiers Street, Bridgeville, Pennsylvania 15017
If convicted, the men face a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000 or both.
In the Dec. 7 robbery at the CVS at 38th and Pine, investigators said a man came in, pulled a handgun out of his pocket, and threatened the pharmacist saying, “You’ll give me all the drugs or I’ll kill you,” according to the criminal complaint.
The suspect then jumped over the counter, took money from the register, and about 50 bottles of prescription drugs.
It turns out the Ohio State Highway Patrol pulled their vehicle over for speeding about three hours later.
The troopers reportedly smelled marijuana, searched the vehicle and recovered three shopping bags filled with prescription drugs, according to the criminal complaint.
According to police in Ohio, they recovered $20,000 worth of Oxycodone and marijuana.
Erie police say security video from CVS and Mercyhurst University showed a Silver Ford Escape drive through parking lot few minute before robbery, then park nearby.
The suspects were pulled over driving that vehicle, and investigators say the suspect was wearing same clothes and he was during the robbery.
Police said Worthy is the suspect who robbed the store while Jabril was the getaway driver.
In the Sept. 27 robbery at the CVS Pharmacy in Edinboro, one of the men went into the store about 10 minutes before the robbery, asked to use the restroom and then left the business, according to police.
A second and third suspect then walked into the store and looked around for a couple minutes, according to investigators.
The third suspect pulled out a handgun, walked directly behind the pharmacy counter and demanded the pharmacist to open the safe, police said.
After the pharmacist opened the safe, the second suspect went behind the counter and emptied the entire safe into a black garbage bag, according to investigators.Both men left the scene on foot.