UPDATE: Man charged in pharmacy robberies

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WICHITA, Kan. — A Wichita man is charged with robbing two local pharmacies of drugs and money.

Ryan B. Schmidt, 34, is charged with two counts of robbery, two counts of brandishing a firearm during a robbery and one count of unlawful possession of a firearm following a felony conviction.

The robberies are alleged to have occurred September 4, 2014, and August 19, 2014, in Wichita, Kansas.

The indictment by Kansas U.S. District Attorney Barry Grissom alleges that on September 4, 2014, Schmidt entered the Gessler’s Drug Store at 4817 E. Douglas, pointed a handgun at an employee, and said, “I want your opiates.” The employee gave him seven bottles of hydrocodone and three bottles of promethazine.

The indictment also alleges that on August 19, 2014, Schmidt entered the Parklane Pharmacy at 530 S. Oliver, pointed a handgun at an employee and demanded narcotics. The employee gave him two bottles of oxycodone and $120 in cash.

If convicted, Schmidt could face a maximum penalty of 20 years and a fine up to $250,000 on each robbery count, no less than five years and a fine up to $250,000 on each count of brandishing a firearm and a maximum penalty of 10 years and a fine up to $250,000 for unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.


Previous story:

Police are searching for a suspect who demanded money and drugs during an armed robbery at a pharmacy in southeast Wichita.

Parklane Pharmacy in the 1500 block of South Oliver was robbed around 3:30 p.m. Police say a man walked in with a handgun and demanded prescription drugs and money. One customer and the owner were inside at the time of the robbery. No one was injured.

The suspect is described as a white male, about six feet tall with a medium build. He was wearing a bandana over his face, olive green coveralls with a stripe and a black ball cap.

Police are reviewing surveillance video.


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