2 suspects in Elkland pharmacy robbery caught

ELKLAND – Two people who allegedly stole multiple bottles of opioids from Buchanan’s Pharmacy here Tuesday were caught and charged by borough police Wednesday.

According to police documents filed at District Judge James Edgcomb’s office, Angela M. Cox-Watson, 36, of 108 Bender Lane, Elkland, and Christopher S. McCormick, 36, of 520 Button Hill Road, Tioga, were charged with robbery, making terroristic threats, theft, conspiracy to commit robbery and receiving stolen property.

According to Elkland District Court staff, they were picked up around 8:30 a.m. by state and local police near Tioga after they crashed their car into a ditch Tuesday night and remained there overnight, according to court staff.

Police said they took six and a half bottles of oxycodone/acetaminophen tablets.

According to police, the pair allegedly entered the pharmacy at 206 W. Main St. at 9:40 a.m. Tuesday morning and Cox-Watson handed the clerk a note demanding all their opioids within two minutes or “somebody would get hurt.”

The clerk showed the note to the pharmacist, police said, and the pharmacist began collecting pill bottles.

The pharmacist was reaching for the silent alarm when McCormick allegedly went behind the counter and said, “If you touch that I’ll f***ing kill you.”

McCormick then collected the seven pill bottles and left through the front door, police said.

The clerk at the counter allegedly said she recognized both of them from previous encounters at the pharmacy.

Police also said they received a tip reporting the possible identities of the robbers.

Pictures of the two were shown to the clerk by police and she identified both.

Video footage obtained by police showed them parking their car behind the pharmacy and then walking toward the pharmacy and entering the alley to the front door of the pharmacy.

When they exited the footage shows them running toward a small red sedan that sat behind the business, which they allegedly entered and fled the scene.

Another witness told police he saw the two and they had disguises on.

Following their arraignments Wednesday, they were jailed in lieu of $375,000 bail each and their preliminary hearings set for June 9.