Man with ‘ignorant’ tattoo and accomplice suspected of robbing pharmacies at gunpoint
Two men suspected of robbing three pharmacies at gunpoint, including one in Glendale, were arrested, police said. (Courtesy of the Glendale Police Department)
Glendale police caught two men — one with the word “ignorant” tattooed on his neck — suspected of robbing three pharmacies at gunpoint, including one in Glendale, police said.
Thomas Davis, 20, of Inglewood, and Jose Lopez, 28, of Los Angeles, were both charged with three counts of robbery with a special enhancement that they each used a firearm, according to Glendale Police Sgt. Robert William.
The robbery in Glendale dates back to the morning of May 21, when two hooded men entered Central Avenue Pharmacy, located in the 100 block of West California Avenue, and drew their weapons while telling a customer to stay quiet.
“Where’s your oxycodone, 30 milligrams,” Davis said, according to police. An employee told him that the narcotics were in a locked cabinet.
Davis then asked the worker to show him to the cabinet, and the worker complied.
There, Davis, who has the “ignorant” tattoo,reportedly used the tip of his gun to sort through the medications. He then demanded promethazine syrup, grabbing two bottles of the syrup and putting them in a black travel bag, William said.
Before leaving, the pair demanded money, and the worker opened the cash register. They fled with narcotics, as well as about $500 in cash.
Half an hour later, the duo allegedly robbed a San Fernando pharmacy, during which they again demanded promethazine syrup. Detectives later discovered that the night before, they did the same thing at a pharmacy in North Hollywood.
Investigators used surveillance footage and other means to identify the suspects, William said.
During a search of Lopez’s home, police reportedly recovered several firearms, as well as promethazine syrup bottles.
Police have not arrested the getaway driver.
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