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Man suspected in W.Va. pharmacy robbery due in Md. court on unrelated charge

Jesse Lee Gibson was arraigned on felony counts of robbery and bringing a stolen vehicle into the state and misdemeanor counts of driving while license revoked for driving under the influence, DUI and possession of a controlled substance

January 23, 2013|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — The man suspected in the Spring Mills, W.Va., Walmart pharmacy robbery Tuesday was due to appear in Washington County Circuit Court today for an unrelated burglary case, according to court records.

Jesse Lee Gibson, 27, of 1483 Oak Grove Road in Hedgesville, W.Va., was arraigned Wednesday by Berkeley County Magistrate Harry L. Snow on felony counts of robbery and bringing a stolen vehicle into the state and misdemeanor counts of driving while license revoked for driving under the influence, DUI and possession of a controlled substance, according to court documents.

Gibson, who was being held Wednesday night at Eastern Regional Jail on a $67,500 bond, also was arraigned on one count of DUI causing injury in connection with an April 2012 vehicle crash on Back Creek Valley Road, according to court documents.

Theft, destruction of property and three counts of burglary are pending against Gibson in the Washington County Circuit Court case and another case is pending against Gibson in Washington County District Court, according to Maryland’s online judicial case record system.

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Gibson was arrested Tuesday by West Virginia State Police troopers at the AC&T Exxon on Edwin Miller Boulevard about four hours after the Walmart pharmacy robbery, according to court documents and police
The robbery at 5680 Hammonds Mill Road was reported at 3:33 p.m., according to a Berkeley County emergency communications supervisor.

The robbery suspect approached the pharmacy desk in Walmart and demanded Xanax, police said.

The suspect told the clerk “as long as you give me Xanax nobody will get hurt, nobody will get shot,” State Police Cpl. Z.L. Nine said in a complaint filed in Berkeley County Magistrate Court against the defendant.

At the gas station, police said Gibson appeared to be wearing the same clothing as the robbery suspect and a bottle of pills found in the vehicle he was operating was marked as “pharmacy only,” according to court documents.

The bottle found matched the description of the bottle taken from Walmart, according to a complaint filed by Nine.

A white 2006 Kia Optima with Pennsylvania registration that Gibson was found operating at the gas station was reported stolen and state police in Pennsylvania had requested help in locating it Tuesday about 4:15 p.m., police said.

State Police Trooper M.D. Gillmore said the defendant occasionally fell asleep while talking to him at the gas station and Gibson said he had taken medication that made him sleepy, according to court documents.

Gillmore said the defendant failed field sobriety tests, but refused to submit to blood tests, according to court documents.

The robbery at Walmart came a little more than 24 hours after two pharmacies in Hagerstown also were targeted for Xanax by a male suspect, but the person only was successful in robbing the prescription drug from one store, police there said.

The investigation of the robbery at Rite Aid at 901 N. Burhans Blvd. and attempted robbery at the Weis Markets pharmacy at 12817 Shank Farm Way has led to communication about the incidents with state police in Pennsylvania and West Virginia, Hagerstown Police Department Detective Sgt. Jim Hurd said Wednesday.

In the April 2012 vehicle crash, police allege the defendant tested positive for benzodiazepines and methadone following a head-on collision, according to court documents.

Police were told the driver of the other vehicle had bruised ribs and multiple other injuries as a result of the crash, according to court documents.

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