SHERIDAN — A Sheridan man was arrested in Casper earlier this week on accusations of armed robbery of a pharmacy. Derek Wood, 28, was taken into custody Monday.
Casper Police Lt. Mike Thompson said earlier this month, a man wearing a black jacket with a hood appeared at the pharmacy counter within an Albertson’s grocery store in Casper and asked for a controlled substance. When the pharmacy clerk asked for a prescription, the subject said he didn’t need one, and pulled back his jacket to show what appeared to be a gun handle. The clerk filled the prescription and called police when the subject left.
“During the investigation, one of the employees said they recognized the guy as a past customer,” Thompson said.
Approximately one week later, Wood returned to the site of the robbery and was recognized by the facility’s staff. Later police questioning ultimately led to his arrest, along with the revalations that the robbery was carried out with a toy gun. Wood is charged with aggravated robbery and was assigned a $20,000 bond. No further court date has been set.
Sheridan Police Lt. Chris Dahmke said the migration of prescription drug-related crime to another town is a testament to the magnitude of local addiction issues.
“This just goes to show how bad it’s getting,” Dahmke said.