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Man sentenced in pharmacy robberies

May 04, 2006|by DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Chambersburg man was sentenced to eight to 16 years in state prison after pleading guilty Wednesday in Franklin County Court to robbing two pharmacies of hundreds of prescription painkillers.

Joshua Nelson Rock, 30, of 390 E. Queen St., was charged by Chambersburg police with holding up Park Avenue Pharmacy and The Medicine Shoppe at knifepoint last year. In exchange for the plea agreement, five counts each of making terroristic threats and simple assault were dismissed.

A sentence had been agreed upon by the prosecution and defense, and Judge John R. Walker immediately sentenced Rock to five to 10 years for The Medicine Shoppe robbery and another three to six years in prison for the Park Avenue Pharmacy case.

Stolen in the robberies were hundreds of OxyContin and Oxycodone tablets, police said.

Park Avenue Pharmacy, 200 Park Ave., was held up on the afternoon of Aug. 19 when a man wearing a hooded sweat shirt entered the store armed with a hunting knife and demanded the painkillers before fleeing in a white sedan. The Medicine Shoppe, 370 Philadelphia Ave., was held up on the morning of Sept. 23 when a man fitting the same description entered the store, threatened the four employees and took the pills before driving off in a white car.

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The affidavit of probable cause stated that Rock was identified as a possible suspect shortly after the second robbery, and he was taken into custody the same day at his home. Police found the stolen medicine and clothing fitting the description of the robber's at his house, according to the affidavit.

Walker ordered Rock to pay $11,784 in restitution to the two businesses and their insurers.

Rock was given credit for time served since his Sept. 23 arrest.

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