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Westminster man is charged in September pharmacy holdup


A 34-year-old Westminster man was arrested Thursday in Montgomery County and charged in the Sept. 8 armed robbery of the Washington Heights Pharmacy, where drugs and cash were stolen.

Steven Anthony Shawe, of the first block of N. Court St., was charged with two counts of robbing the pharmacy, in the 200 block of Washington Road, about 8:20 p.m. He also was charged with assault, battery and use of a handgun in the commission of a felony.

City police said the robber walked into the store and approached an employee at the rear counter. He questioned the clerk about different brands of aspirin, then walked behind the counter as two other employees came from the rear prescription area.

Officers said the robber raised his shirt to reveal a handgun in his waistband and said, "I don't want to hurt anyone, just put the drugs in this bag. Now open the register and put the money in on top."

Investigators said the man fled with $700 and specific drugs he demanded during the holdup.

The pharmacy employees identified Mr. Shawe's picture in a photo lineup after officers developed him as a suspect in the robbery, police said.

Police searched the suspect's home and reported that they recovered several items of clothing that matched the description of the clothing worn by the pharmacy bandit.

Mr. Shawe was being held on $50,000 bond at the Carroll County Detention Center.

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