Man Arrested for Robbing Winn-Dixie Pharmacy

Stealing to support a drug habit is nothing new, but the rise in attacks on pharmacies has much to do with the increase of prescription drug users and abusers. According to a News Journal Online piece, a man recently robbed the pharmacy within a Winn-Dixie grocery store to get prescription pills.

This is the second suspect this week to commit a crime as a result of an addiction in Volusia County. Anthony Broccolo was arrested in Daytona Park Estates for suspicion of burglary to homes, crimes committed to feed his drug habit.

Now, Bradley Robertson, accused of the pharmacy robbery, sits in the Volusia County Branch Jail on charges of robbery with a deadly weapon, having taken two bottles of oxycodone from the pharmacist.

While Robertson did not threaten the pharmacist with a weapon, he did tell deputies upon his arrest that he had a knife on him during the robbery. This admission elevated his crime to robbery with a deadly weapon, trafficking of a controlled substance and tampering with evidence.

One witness driving through the Winn-Dixie parking lot saw Robertson’s SUV with hatchback doors wide open and speeding recklessly from the parking lot. The individual decided to follow the vehicle to Little Court. He then drove back to the store to report to deputies the location of the vehicle.

Robertson surrendered without incident, but had already swallowed some of the pills and flushed others down the toilet before hiding the bottles he took. Deputies also found the knife on his person.

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