Man arrested, charged in May Rite Aid robbery

Published 11:33 am Tuesday, July 18, 2017

By Shavonne Walker

SALISBURY — A man who police say robbed a Rite Aid pharmacy in May was arrested in Mecklenburg County late last week.

The man threatened a pharmacist and slid her a note, Salisbury police said shortly after the robbery.

Reginald Herman Finney, 56, was charged with common law robbery.

A police report says he walked into the store at 640 W. Jake Alexander Blvd. on May 9 with a hospital-type mask covering the bottom part of his face.

He asked for oxycodone in a note and told the pharmacist that he knew who she was and where she lives. He warned the woman not to push the panic alarm button.

She put an unknown amount of pills into a shopping bag, and he left.

Police said the man was seen driving a Lexus sport utility vehicle. He wore a paperboy hat and dark jacket in the store.

Investigators said Finney also has active warrants for a similar robbery at a South Carolina pharmacy. He was arrested Friday in Mecklenburg County.

Finney has a pending Gaston County court case on a charge of felony obtaining property by false pretenses and a pending Mecklenburg County case for larceny and felony obtaining property by false pretenses.

Contact reporter Shavonne Walker at 704-797-4253.