Police: "Drugstore Cowboy" author busted for robbery

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Redmond police say the man who wrote "Drugstore Cowboy" in prison has been arrested in yet another pharmacy robbery.

Officers arrested James Fogle and another man Tuesday night, after two pharmacy workers in Redmond were tied up.

Investigators say the pair came into Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy on Redmond Way, demanded drugs, tied up employees and then told one staff members to turn off the store's lights.

We're told the employee quickly went to the front door and told a passerby to call 911 while turning off the lights.

Around that same someone triggered a silent alarm, alerting police.

Police responded and took the two suspects into custody at gunpoint.

"Nobody was injured, we're thankful for that," said Jim Bove of Redmond Police. "And we're glad to be able to take what appears to be a high profile robber into custody."

Fogle got his nickname from a film produced in 1989 by the same name. The movie, "Drugstore Cowboy", starred Matt Dillon.

It was based on a book Fogle wrote about his life. It's about a group of drug users in the 70's hitting stores in the Pacific Northwest.

Investigators say Fogle may also be connected to another heist at Hall's Pharmacy in Centralia, committed by two men in January of 2009.

In that robbery, the men locked themselves in the bathroom of an adjacent grocery store and sawed their way through a wall.

"Quite frankly, you do have to appreciate his tehcnique. It's a pretty slick deal," said owner Warren Hall. "I think they were a lot better carpenters than they were finding the drugs because we actually had them locked in a safe.".

The burglary happened on a Sunday morning whene the grocery store was open, but the pharmacy was closed.

Detectives are convinced Fogle took part in the Centralia robbery after collecting his DNA from used tissues.

"I figured with all the drywall dust, they were probably blowing their nose," said Detective Carl Buster. "Sso I called the state lab and asked if they could get DNA off of snot. The scientists laughed and said, 'yeah' and said send me the stuff so I did."

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