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2 arrests could end Rx spree of robbery
Although the investigation is ongoing, police believe the two brothers were stealing the drugs for their own use, a common motivator behind such robberies.
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The prescription painkiller OxyContin contains oxycodone, which produces a heroin like high when crushed and then snorted, swallowed or injected. It is highly addictive.
Brothers Damian J. Miller, 26, and Samuel J. Miller, 23, both of Fort Wayne, are being held in the Johnson County Jail, facing preliminary charges of armed robbery, conspiracy to commit armed robbery, confinement, possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and theft.
Pharmacies in northeast Indiana enjoyed a relatively peaceful period since Mayer's arrest, but that doesn't mean they've forgotten their vulnerability.
Steven Mayer admitted to committing dozens of robberies throughout northeast Indiana, southern Michigan and western Ohio from 2001 to 2003 to fuel his and his wife's addictions.
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Walgreens corporate spokeswoman Carol Hively declined to go into detail regarding security updates to area pharmacies but said the corporation has followed the advice of law enforcement to make its stores safer.
what they've got to do to get it. was behind a Fort Wayne couple's tri state OxyContin robbery spree that ended with arrests in Ohio in 2003.
The task force contains members from federal law enforcement agencies and area police and sheriff's departments, as well as the Allen County Prosecutor's Office and Indiana State Police.
After officers on the task force reported OxyContin robberies in their jurisdictions, they decided the task force should investigate, because its members are federal agents who can cross state lines, Robison said.
Fort Wayne's most recent pharmacy robberies were caught on video. While the suspect's hooded parka jacket obscures his face in the video from the first robbery, the third has a better picture, Robison said.
The same men are believed to be responsible for three robberies at New Era New Orleans Saints Walgreens stores in Fort Wayne on Dec. Dec. and Jan. 13 that netted them about 1,300 pills, Fort Wayne police Detective James Seay said Tuesday.
Law enforcement also began increasing efforts to educate pharmacies on how better to protect their employees and customers, similar to the training given bank tellers.
Advances in video surveillance technology in the past five years have made robbing pharmacies riskier, New Haven Detective Sgt. Craig Robison said.
Mayer is serving a 35 year sentence in prison in Ohio for his pharmacy robberies there. His wife, Amber Mayer, was sentenced to six years in prison for her part in the robberies.
better surveillance systems and training for pharmacists are part of the reason serial robbers are easier to foil than just five years ago.
to 2003, it likely ended last week after just four robberies.
Robison, a member of the federal Northeast Indiana Bank Robbery Task Force, said that multiagency group adopted pharmacy robberies as one of its causes back in 2002 during the Mayer investigation.
Police in Greenwood arrested two men Friday after the armed robbery of OxyContin pills at a Walgreens drugstore in the central Indiana city.
Nearly all local pharmacies have switched to digital surveillance systems, which create a clearer picture than previous VHS systems, Robison said.
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