Man robs Ellicott City pharmacy using a syringe

A man brandishing a syringe robbed an Ellicott City pharmacy of prescription medication Wednesday morning, according to Howard County police.

The man walked into the CVS in the 3300 block of Centennial Lane at about 4:20 a.m., went up to the pharmacy counter and threatened a pharmacist with the syringe. He demanded prescription medication, then left with the drugs, police said.

This pharmacy also was the site of a robbery in April 2011, when a customer leaving the store was approached by a man who implied he had a weapon and stole prescription pain medication from him. Police determined that two women inside the pharmacy had been working with the man, watching customers pick up prescriptions and then signaling to the man.

David Loren Neighoff, 27, of Baltimore, pleaded guilty in September to one count of robbery in that case and was sentenced to 10 years in prison with all but five years suspended. Susan A. Schmoltiz, 27, of Baltimore, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit robbery and was sentenced to five years behind bars with all but 18 months suspended.

Prosecutors dropped charges against the other woman.

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