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You are Viewing an Archived IssuePosted: 10/09/13
Bruce Twp man arrested
for robbing pharmacy
by CHRIS GRAYA Bruce Township man is facing up to life in prison for stealing prescription drugs while brandishing a knife.
Observer Staff Writer
Thomas Moore, 27, is facing charges of armed robbery and assault with a dangerous weapon after forcing workers at a Washington Township pharmacy to hand over Vicodin by threatening a customer with a knife.
Moore was scheduled to appear at the 42-1 District Court on Oct. 8. Results of the appearance were not available as of print deadline.
On Sept. 25, deputies with the Macomb County Sheriff's Office spotted a vehicle that matched the description of the vehicle driven by a suspect who robbed the Cornerstone Medical Group on Sept. 19.
Deputies pulled the vehicle over and found the man matched the description given of the suspect. He was brought to the sheriff's office and voluntarily answered questions regarding the incident.
On Sept. 19, a "heavy-set" male wearing a knit cap and a scarf over his face entered the Cornerstone Medical Group building. He grabbed a female customer and put a knife to her mid-section, demanding that the pharmacist give him Vicodin. He fled in a Ford Explorer after receiving the pills.
Surveillance video from a nearby business provided investigators a description of the man and his vehicle, which prompted the traffic stop on Sept. 25.
Moore was arraigned on Sept. 26 in the 42-1 District Court in Romeo. He received a $400,000 cash or surety bond and remains in the Macomb County Jail. The armed robbery charge carries a maximum penalty of life in prison.
"This was an incident that was a high priority for our agency," said Sheriff Anthony Wickersham. "Our deputies worked diligently following up on leads to get this individual identified and off our streets."
Wickersham said the arresting deputy was one of the original agents who arrived at the scene following the incident.
"I am proud of the work of this deputy, and all of the deputies and investigators who worked tirelessly on this case," he said.