A 35-year-old Delavan man is in jail on $25,000 bail, after being charged in connection with oxycontin robberies at nearly a half-dozen local pharmacies.
Tony Taylor, who is originally from Utah, was arrested last week in DeForest, after employees at Hometown Pharmacy recognized him from other crimes.
Madison police say Taylor was the prime suspect in more than 20 robberies. He tells police, he is addicted to the drug.
At a news conference this morning, police said a "quick thinking" employee at the DeForest Hometown Pharmacy helped them make the arrest.
Police say that the worker noticed the clothes the suspect was wearing were similar to the clothing in the suspect photos posted at drug stores. She also noticed he was wearing similar shoes with markings like those in the photos. Store workers called 911.
Tony Taylor is a suspect in robberies across southern Wisconsin, the Chicago area and even crimes spanning into Nebraska.
The robberies add up to $87,000 worth of drugs stolen.
Madison Police say for investigative reasons, they will not be holding a press conference today (4/10) re: the oxycontin bandit.
There will be a joint news conference this afternoon at 1:30 p.m. Law enforcement representatives will discuss the arrest of a primary suspect in recent Oxycontin/Oxycodone thefts or robberies. These crimes have taken place in multiple jurisdictions.
Mr. Tony D. Taylor, age 35, was arrested by the DeForest Police Department yesterday afternoon. Mr. Taylor lists a Delevan, WI address. He is currently in the Dane County Jail.
03/25/2013 - 6:04 PM
3506 Monroe Street (Mallatt's Pharmacy)
M/W with light brown hair and forest green jacket
Suspect entered Mallatt's Pharmacy, shortly after 6pm on 3/25/2013, demanding Oxycodone. A handwritten note was produced, and the suspect quickly fled the scene on foot. MPD immediately responded, initiated a perimeter, and summoned a K-9 for tracking purposes. No weapon was visible or mentioned during the robbery, and the suspect was not located. Anyone with information regarding this case or other robberies of this nature are encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 608-266-6014. Any and all information is critical to this investigation, and callers could be eligible for a cash reward.
PO Howard Payne
Press Release from the Edgerton Police Department:
On February 28, 2013 at 6:46pm The Edgerton Police Department, along with the Rock County Sheriff’s Department, was dispatched to a Robbery at the Edgerton Pharmacy at 711 N Main Street in the City of Edgerton. The male suspect entered the Pharmacy and showed a note to the Pharmacist demanding Oxycodone and Oxycotin.
The male fled on foot with an undetermined amount of the medications. The male matches the description of the suspect in the Pharmacy Robberies, and attempted Robberies of the Walgreens Pharmacies in the surrounding areas.
If anyone has information about this suspect’s identity, they are asked to call the Edgerton Police Department at 608 884-3321 or Janesville Area Crime Stoppers at 608-756-3636.
|Incident Date||02/28/2013 - 6:05 PM|
|Address||4518 Cottage Grove Rd. (Walgreen's)|
|Suspect(s)||M/W 20's-30's, 5'11" "chubby" build, moustache, blue/black jacket with hood pulled up and dirty jeans|
|Details||Suspect entered Walgreens and presented a note demanding oxycontin, pharmacist refused. No weapon seen. Suspect fled on foot.
It is believed this is the same suspect who has been involved in a series of pharmacy robberies throughout southern WI.
If you have any information on this suspect's identity, please call Crimestoppers at 608-266-6014. Callers could be elgible for a cash reward.
On Wednesday, 02/27/2013 shortly after 5:00 p.m., Beloit Police officers responded to the Walgreens Pharmacy, 1531 Madison Rd. for an attempted theft.
Investigation reveals that a white male suspect presented a note to a Walgreen’s employee requesting a quantity of oxycontin and oxycodone. The employee notified the Pharmacist.
While the pharmacist was calling for police assistance, the suspect left the store without obtaining any product.
The suspect fled the area in a vehicle that had been parked near the J & S Pet Store. This vehicle is described as a dark colored (possibly black); full size pickup truck, with a silver tool box in the bed behind the cab.
The suspect is described as a W/M, 5’8”-6’0”, and medium build. He was wearing a forest green winter parka with the hood pulled up tight making it difficult to see his face. The suspect did not display a weapon or threaten force. There were no physical injuries.
The description and suspect’s actions are very similar to other thefts/robberies that have occurred recently at Madison area and Janesville Walgreen’s.
Individuals with information in regards to this crime are encouraged to call the Beloit Police Department, 364-6801, or Beloit Area Crime Stoppers, 362-7463. Individuals may also text information to 274637 then type BACS + your message.
Information leading to an arrest may be eligible for a cash reward up to $1000.00.
|Incident Date||02/22/2013 - 1:56 PM|
|Address||8302 Old Sauk Rd. (Walgreens)|
|Suspect(s)||Male, white, short light brown hair, short light brown beard or facial stubble, acne scars on face, slim build, thin nose, 5'8", 150 pounds, late 20's to early 30's, blue eyes, wearing a yellow and black coat with black on shoulders and down sleeves to the elbow.|
|Details||A west side Walgreens was robbed of Oxycontin Friday afternoon after a nervous man passed, to a pharmacist, a note demanding the addictive opiod. The MPD is working with several other Wisconsin law enforcement agencies on a string of similar crimes.|
|Incident Date||01/23/2013 - 4:04 PM|
|Address||7810 Mineral Point Rd. (Walgreens)|
|Suspect(s)||M/W 20's, 5'9" 160lbs light colored parka with dark colored sleeves|
|Details||Suspect entered, made contact with the pharmacist and demanded oxycontin. He had his hand in his pocket inferring that he had a weapon but no weapon was seen. Suspect fled westbound and not located.
If you have information about this robbery, please call Crimestoppers at 266-6014. Callers may be eligible for a cash reward.
Waunakee police are looking for a man who stole drugs from a Walgreens Pharmacy Tuesday afternoon.
It happened around 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday on the 400-block of West Main Street in Waunakee. Police say a white man in his late 20's demanded pills of some sort. There was no weapon involved.
The suspect fled with an undisclosed amount of those pills.
Anyone with information should call the Waunakee Police Department at 608-849-4523.
On January 10, 2013, at approximately 4:55pm, officers of the City of Fitchburg Police Department responded to the Walgreens Pharmacy, at 2931 S. Fish Hatchery Rd. for a report of a robbery. According to the pharmacy staff, a white male subject, approximately 5’6”-5”10” weighing approximately 140 pounds, entered the store and approached the pharmacy counter. The subject demanded Oxycontin pills and implied that he had a weapon. The pharmacy staff complied and the suspect fled the store with an undisclosed amount of Oxycontin pills.
The suspect was wearing a black jacket over a blue hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans, and Timberland style work boots. The suspect concealed his identity by pulling the hooded sweatshirt over his head and face.
|Incident Date||12/04/2012 - 6:40 PM|
|Address||6601 Mckee Rd/ Walgreens|
|Suspect(s)||Male, white, 5'10", medium build, wearing a light blue "hoodie" and a surgical mask over his face. He had piercing blue eyes with crow's feet around them.|
|Details||The MPD responded to the Walgreens, 6601 Mckee Rd., this evening after a masked man robbed the pharmacy of Oxycontin. A pharmacist said the man passed a note, demanding the prescription narcotic, and made a threatening statement.|
|Incident Date||11/27/2012 - 9:11 PM|
|Address||4518 Cottage Grove Rd. (Walgreens)|
|Suspect(s)||Male, white, 5'8" to 5'10", 140-160 pounds, wearing a dark sweater and a baseball cap.|
|Victim||Male, age 60
Victim is a Walgreens' pharmacist.
|Details||An unusual call came into the Walgreens pharmacy, 4518 Cottage Grove Rd., shortly after 9:00 p.m. Tuesday night. On the phone was a man claiming to have a gun. He told a 60-year old pharmacist that he could see him. The robber instructed the employee to put Oxycontin in a bag, and to place the bag in the drive-thru drop-box. It was clear to the victim, based on what was being said, that the person on the other end of the phone was watching him. He followed the directives, and watched as a slender man in a dark sweater ran across the parking lot, grabbed the prescription opiates, and took off. A police dog tracked the criminal north to Martha Lane, where the scent abruptly ended.|