The Journal Gazette
Thursday, August 24, 2017 1:00 am

Man charged in pharmacy robbery

Oxycodone request denied at hospital

JAMIE DUFFY | The Journal Gazette

It was about 4:45 a.m. Monday when Robert Holocher walked into the CVS pharmacy a second time.

The first time, he bought Gatorade at 4:15 a.m. and left. A half-hour later, he walked back in, pulled his black “Suicide Squad” T-shirt up over his chin and mouth and went straight for the pharmacy.

“I need oxycodone,” he told the pharmacist, who asked for a prescription. When he said he didn't have one, the pharmacist then asked if he was robbing him. Holocher said yes, according to court documents.

What made the pharmacist think the robbery was for real was that Holocher, 26, of the 900 block of Curdes Avenue had his hands in his front waistband as if he had a weapon. The pharmacist went to the back safe and got two bottles of 30-milligram oxycodone pills – about 120 pills – and handed them over.

Holocher was wearing the T-shirt and blue jeans and had a plastic hospital medical ID on his left arm, court records said. His description included bleached hair and scrapes on his upper left cheek, as well as tattoos on both arms, documents said. The pharmacy's location was redacted from court records, but Fort Wayne police records show officers were called to the CVS at East State Boulevard and Beacon Street at 4:52 a.m.

Just after the robbery, a Fort Wayne detective visited the hospital, explaining someone wearing an ID tag had robbed a nearby CVS. The hospital police officer said he knew exactly who it was.

Holocher had visited the emergency room at 2:30 a.m. for an alleged dog bite. Holocher asked the attending doctor for a prescription for oxycodone for his injury, which the doctor refused. Holocher then became loud and belligerent and left the hospital about 3:45 a.m., court documents said.

Monday afternoon, Holocher's mother called police to say he was asleep at home. Holocher initially denied being at the hospital or at CVS but later admitted going to the hospital because someone had punched him in the face at a bar.

Then he alleged the man who entered the CVS was his cousin and said his cousin had the same tattoos and bleached hair.

CVS surveillance video showed Holocher's cross with a snake and Green Day rabbit head tattoos. The video also showed Holocher wearing the same T-shirt and medical bracelet on his left arm, court documents said.

In his pocket, there was a CVS receipt for a bottle of Gatorade bought at 4:15 a.m.

Holocher was initially arrested on a robbery charge and later charged with pharmacy robbery. He is at the Allen County Jail held in lieu of $10,000 bail.

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