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October 1, 2013

Police nab suspect in pharmacy robbery connection


Chickasha police officers apprehended 32-year-old James Owens at about 8 p.m. yesterday at the 400 block of Minnesota Ave., in connection with the robbery of Grand Care Pharmacy on W. Iowa Street, and on possession of a controlled dangerous substance and drug paraphernalia. 

Police were called to Owen’s residence on a tip from Owen’s neighbor after he recognized him from the Grand Care Pharmacy robbery surveillance tape aired earlier on serval news stations. The neighbor also reported Owens to be yelling in his front yard, according to police reports.

Once at the Owens' residence, police reported finding a substance that was field tested to be positive as methamphetamine and also found syringes. 

After a thorough search of his residence, police found and identified clothes similar to those used in the robbery.

Owens has been charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. However, robbery charges haven’t officially been filed, but an investigation by the Grady County District Attorney’s Office has been launched.

At around 6 p.m. last Friday, the robbery suspect, now believed to be Owens, entered Grand Care Pharmacy wearing what appeared to be a black ski mask, according to the pharmacy owner. The employees were threatened, but no weapon was visible.

Owens demanded pain pills from the pharmacy and as mentioned before by Chickasha Police Chief Eddie Adamson, the amount of painkillers stolen was about two commercial sized bottles.

Owens is being held at the Grady County Detention Center awaiting arraignment.

The Chickasha Police Department has also asked Chickasha residents who have knowledge of the pharmacy robbery to contact the Chickasha Police Department at (405) 222-6050, Crimestoppers at (405) 222-TIPS (8477) or text tips to CRIMES at (274637) and use the keyword, Chicktip.

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