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No one hurt in robbery Friday at Marshall pharmacy (Update 8:25 a.m. Nov. 26: Arrests made)

Friday, November 23, 2012 ~ Updated 8:24 AM

Update 8:25 a.m. Nov. 26
A warrant has been issued for Christopher Edward Whittom, 30, on a charge of first-degree pharmacy robberty, attempt to manufacture a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute and several other charges. Bond was set at $200,000 cash only.

A warrant has been issued for Holly A.G. Wigington, 23, on charges of attempt to manufacture a controlled substance, endangering the welfare of a child, possession of a controlled substance and other charges. Bond was set at $100,000 cash only.

Update 5:15 p.m. Nov. 23
Two people have been arrested in connection with the robbery Friday morning at Red Cross Pharmacy, 941 S. Cherokee Drive and the subsequent discovery of a methamphetamine lab, according to a news release from Marshall Police Department.

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Police said the suspect in the robbery apparently accosted a pharmacy employee as the business was being opened.

"Officers were told that an unknown white male suspect forced his way into the pharmacy as an employee was unlocking the door and displayed what appeared to be a semi-automatic handgun to the employee," said Maj. David Roscher.

The suspect then had the employee hold a bag while he filled it with drugs, he said. The suspect then fled the scene on foot.

During the course of the investigation officers viewed surveillance video from surrounding businesses and spoke with several witnesses, Roscher said.

Several leads led to the development of a suspect, who was arrested at about 12:20 p.m. in the 500 block of Pinewood Circle.

As officers entered a residence there to talk with another resident, at least two meth labs were discovered, according to the news release.

"A search warrant, obtained in regard to the robbery and meth labs, was served in the late afternoon, with evidence of both crimes being recovered," Roscher said.


As was reported on The Marshall Democrat-News website within minutes of the call, Red Cross Pharmacy on Cherokee Drive was robbed shortly after 8:30 a.m.

The suspect was described as a scruffy white male, possibly in his early 30s, wearing blue jeans, a brown jacket, and a black and white plaid baseball cap, according to law enforcement radio traffic.

He reportedly had a camo face covering and was carrying a black trash bag.

He may have been armed with a handgun, according to radio reports.

A store official said some product was taken, but the employees on duty handled the situation well.

No one was hurt in the incident. The investigation continues.

Anyone with information about the robbery should call Marshall police at 660-886-7411.

Editor's note: 1,136 MDN breaking news text alert subscribers received news of the robbery within minutes of the call.

Contact Sarah Reed at sreed@marshallnews.com

Contact Eric Crump at ecrump@marshallnews.com