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June 5, 2014

Police: Walgreens robber caught

Store was robbed of $30,000 worth of drugs in July 2012

PLATTSBURGH — Police have caught the man they say robbed a Plattsburgh Walgreens nearly two years ago.

Donald R. Wyrick III, 30, formerly of Colchester, Vt., was arrested Wednesday morning in Wilmington, Del., Plattsburgh City Police said in a press release.

He is charged with first-degree robbery, a felony, for allegedly holding up the Route 3 pharmacy on July 10, 2012, at knifepoint and making away with 1,100 OxyContin and Oxycodone pills, police said.

Wyrick was taken into custody and questioned by the U.S. Marshals Service in Delaware, police said.

Plattsburgh City Police Chief Desmond Racicot said he's proud of the lead detectives assigned to the case, Steve Dube and Bruce Martin, as well as the many others involved in the extensive investigation.

"We didn't put it on the back burner," he said. "We don't stop. Years go by, and we still investigate these cases."

 

DNA EVIDENCE

In an earlier report, Racicot had said Wyrick, wearing a hooded sweatshirt, baseball hat and sunglasses, had "nonchalantly" walked up to the pharmacy counter, passing a note demanding drugs and saying he was armed with a knife.

The drugs he stole were valued at almost $30,000, he said.

Eight departments embarked on a manhunt to locate the suspect, sweeping the area with K-9 units and a helicopter.

City Police detectives gathered DNA at Walgreens from the packages the pills were in, with additional proof taken from the Lake Champlain Transportation ferry dock on Cumberland Head.

There, Racicot said, Wyrick had attempted to dump some of the evidence before crossing the lake to Vermont.

"The employees at the ferry were very observant and very helpful. They didn't disturb the scene."

With that evidence, Dube and Martin developed a DNA profile for the suspect.

 

'CRIME STOPPERS TIP'

Racicot said data banks did not have DNA from Warick, which would have aided in police in his capture, and it was a recent tip prompted by a CrimeStoppers video that brought police to him.

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