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Pa. man waives hearing in robberies

October 05, 2005|by DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, PA.

chambersburg@herald-mail.com

A Chambersburg man charged with stealing painkillers in two pharmacy holdups waived his preliminary hearing Tuesday in Franklin County Central Court.

Joshua Rock, 29, of 370 E. Queen St., is charged with two counts of robbery and six counts each of simple assault and terroristic threats, according to the criminal complaints. He is scheduled for mandatory arraignment in county court Nov. 9.

Chambersburg police said the Park Avenue Pharmacy, 220 Park Ave., was robbed at knifepoint Aug. 16. At the time of the robbery, Detective Will Frisby said hundreds of tablets of the painkiller OxyContin were stolen.

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On Sept. 23, The Medicine Shoppe, 370 Philadelphia Ave., was held up by a knife-wielding man who ordered an employee to put OxyContin pills into a plastic bag. There were four employees in the store at the time and the robber ordered one to come back when she attempted to flee the store, police said.

In both cases, the robber was described as being about 6 feet tall with a thin build. The robber wore a dark hooded sweatshirt, carried a hunting-style knife and brought a plastic bag to carry the pills out of the store, police said.

In each case, witnesses told police they saw the man flee in a white sedan, described in the Park Avenue Pharmacy case as possibly a Ford Contour and in The Medicine Shoppe robbery as a Chevy Cavalier.

The affidavit of probable cause stated that Rock was developed as a suspect and recently had been stopped for a traffic violation while driving a white Cavalier.

Rock was taken into custody at his home, police said. A search of his home resulted in the seizure of clothing similar to that used in the robberies and an undisclosed quantity of OxyContin and Oxycodone pills, police said.

Rock was being held in Franklin County Prison on two separate bonds of $500,000 each, according to prison records.

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