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Edward Warfield charged with robbing Monroe Co. pharmacy

Published On: Apr 23 2013 01:03:51 PM EDT
Prescription drugs, pills

David Rust/CNN


A Monroe County man is facing robbery charges after police say he stole 8,000 prescription pills from a pharmacy.

Pocono Mountain Regional Police said a man dressed in all black came into the Blakeslee Pharmacy on Route 740 in Tobyhanna Twp., Monroe Co. around noon on Friday.

The employees told police the man, who was also wearing a ski mask and pointing a silver handgun at them, demanded he give them everything in the safe--referring to the prescription drugs.


He was impatient and told the employee she wasn't moving fast enough, police said, and began taking the pills  himself.

The man got away with about 8,000 pills, which have a street value of around $180,000.

The workers also told police that earlier Friday a man named Ed Warfield came into the pharmacy to fill a prescription, which was declined. They said that Warfield's physical build was similar to the man who committed the robbery.

On Monday, detectives interviewed Warfield at police headquarters, and at 6:30 p.m. they arrested him without incident.

Warfield, 36, of Anamolink, faces charges of robbery, theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property, terroristic threats, simple assault, possessing instrument of crime and possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.

He was taken to the Monroe County Correctional Facility to await arraignment.