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Blairsville man charged with robbery

by The Indiana Gazette on April 04, 2013 10:50 AM

A Blairsville man has been charged with robbery after police said he threatened to blow up the Rite Aid in Derry Monday if pharmacists did not provide him with Oxycontin pain pills.

Gregory Steven Dorough, 35, was charged Tuesday by Derry Borough police with robbery, theft, receiving stolen property, recklessly endangering another person and possession of a controlled substance.

According to the criminal complaint, Dorough approached the pharmacy counter at the Rite Aid at 222 Y St. around 1:50 p.m. Monday wearing what appeared to be a bomb and carrying a burlap bag, and told Lyndsay Hulswit that she had 20 seconds to fill the bag with Oxycontin pills or he would blow up the store.

Hulswit brought the bag to the pharmacist, Trent Buterbaugh, and Dorough told Buterbaugh not to push any switches or buttons and that he wanted all the Oxycontin in the store, according to the complaint. Buterbaugh filled the bag with about 1,800 pills of various milligrams, and Dorough left the store, walking with a limp, according to police.

As Derry police investigated, witnesses told police they saw a man leave in a dark minivan and that a black minivan with a silver skull on the tailgate was parked on Hays Street near the time of the robbery.

At 7 p.m. another witness contacted police to say he or she — police did not report the witness’s gender — believed Dorough fit the description.

The witness said Dorough owns a black minivan with skulls on it, that he limps, and that he has had drug problems since having back surgeries, according to court records.

When both Buterbaugh and Hulswit were shown a photo lineup including pictures of Dorough, they each picked him as the person who robbed the store, according to the charg-ing documents.

Police then took Dorough into custody while serving a search warrant on his home and vehicle, and Dorough admitted to the robbery, according to the documents. Dorough told police the pills were hidden in a file in the drop ceiling in a hallway closet and in a dresser drawer in his bedroom, and described how he simulated a bomb by taping flares to his chest and putting an iPod ear bud into his nose.

He was held in the Westmoreland County Jail on a $25,000 bond. A preliminary hearing before Magisterial Judge Mark J. Bilik has been scheduled for Wednesday.

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