Penticton men charged with robbery of prescription drugs
Two Penticton men have been charged with two counts of robbery in which a knife was used to obtain prescription medication.
The robberies occurred just weeks apart in the communities of Princeton and Golden.
Lucas Holman, 28, and Travis Hutzul, 32, made a court appearance in Invermere on Wednesday. Holman was remanded into custody until March 12 and Hutzul pled guilty to the two counts of robbery, receiving a sentence of one year in custody per count.
The first incident occurred in Princeton at 12:21 p.m. at the Shoppers Drug Mart pharmaceutical counter. RCMP said two men brandished pocket knives during the robbery and fled through the rear door with a large amount of prescription medication.
On Feb. 16 around 2:28 p.m. Golden RCMP received an identical report that two males entered the Peoples Drug Mart and went directly to the pharmaceutical counter. RCMP said once behind the counter, one of the suspects threatened the pharmacist with a knife and demanded that he turn over narcotic-type prescription drugs. A large quantity of drugs were obtained and two men fled the store on foot.
Holman and Hutzul were arrested without incident on Feb. 22 in a mobile home just outside of Golden. RCMP said evidence related to the robberies was also located during the arrests. Investigation into both robberies were completed by the Penticton South Okanagan Similkameen RCMP General Investigation Section, the Princeton and Golden RCMP with investigative support by local forensic ident units.
“As a result of some good basic information sharing and tenacious police work, investigators from two B.C. RCMP jurisdictions were able to link the two crimes in short order, quickly identifying the suspects and arrested the two accused before they had a chance to possibly re-offend and cause any further risk to public safety,” said Cpl. Dan Moskaluk.