Arrests made in Summerville pharmacy robberies

Joel Morgan (provided)

Police have arrested two men in two pharmacy robberies.

Joel Morgan, 31, of Summerville, was charged with robbery while armed with a deadly weapon and possession of a weapon during a violent crime. He is accused of holding up the CVS at 301 N. Main St. on Tuesday.

Police said a man walked up to the pharmacy’s counter a little after midnight clutching a kitchen knife in one hand and using the other to cover his face with a handkerchief, an incident report states.

The man demanded Oxycontin, police said. The store’s pharmacist handed over five bottles of the drug, according to an incident report.

Michael Chester, 20, of Moncks Corner, was charged with strong-arm robbery. He is accused of robbing the Walgreens at 1120 N. Main St. on Tuesday.

Surveillance video showed a man walk into the store shortly before 6:30 p.m. wearing a black Planet Fitness shirt and dark shorts with white stripes down the sides, police said.

Store employees did not notice the man at first, but told police they did remember seeing him walk into a bathroom. The robber came out of the bathroom a short while later and walked toward the pharmacy counter, police said.

“I’m sorry to do this to you,” the man started before demanding that the pharmacists hand him Opana and oxycodone within the next two minutes.

The robber kept his left hand in his pocket as though he was holding a weapon, police said. The man apologized again before fleeing the store.

Police were led to the identities of both men because of media coverage, said Summerville Police Capt. Jon Rogers.

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