Two pharmacy robberies solved


Published: Thursday, April 1, 2010 at 10:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, April 1, 2010 at 10:00 p.m.

The Alachua County Sheriff's Office apparently has solved two recent Gainesville-area pharmacy robberies, one at a CVS store and another at a Walgreen's.

On Monday around 8:50 p.m., a man walked up to the pharmacy counter of the CVS at 7430 S.W. Archer Road, deputies reported. The pharmacist on duty told deputies the man said “you need to quickly and quietly get me a bottle of OxyContin.” After being handed the drug, the man walked out of the store, witnesses said.

Sheriff's Office spokesman Art Forgey said that after high-quality, in-store surveillance photographs were released through The Sun and other media outlets, “numerous calls were received by Crime Stoppers and detectives with people identifying the suspect.”

Based on the information received, deputies arrested Joseph Davis, 28, of Archer, in connection with the robbery.

The other robbery was reported on March 20 at 3:45 p.m. from the Walgreen's at 9125 NW 39th Ave. In that case, Forgey said a man walked up to the pharmacy counter and “gave the pharmacist a note demanding OxyContin, oxycodone and Zanax. The note mentioned that the pharmacist's life would be in danger if he did not fill the request.”

The man left behind a suspicious package, deputies reported, so the store was evacuated and the Sheriff's Office's bomb team was called in. The bomb experts determined the package did not contain an explosive device.

Two days later, the Union County Sheriff's Office found David Lowell Shadd, 34, dead in the backyard of his home from what appeared to be a suicide.

Forgey said Shadd was connected to the Walgreen's robbery “through both video and forensic evidence. This case has been closed by the death of the suspect.”

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