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Police: Linwood man was getaway driver in pharmacy robbery

SALISBURY — A Linwood man has been charged with involvement in an Oct. 12 armed robbery at a local pharmacy.

The man who is accused of actually committing the robbery has been arrested in Kentucky.

Salisbury Police say Joshua Brandon Strickland, 31, was charged with felony robbery with a dangerous weapon and felony conspiracy to commit robbery. He remains in the Rowan County Detention Center under a $50,000 secured bond.

Salisbury Police developed Richard Burlan Agee, 44, as a suspect in the robbery, which occurred Oct. 12. Authorities say Agee walked into the store, located at 705 W. Jake Alexander Blvd., armed with a knife and threatened to kill people if he didn’t get oxycodone.

Officials said Strickland was driving the car in the robbery and is believed to have driven Agee so that he could catch a bus out of town.

Arrest warrants said 2,152 dosage units of oxycodone, valued at $2,214.02, were taken from the Walgreens.

Agee handed a pharmacy technician a note and then threatened to kill people because he thought the tech and a pharmacist were moving too slow, police said.

 

— Shavonne Walker

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