Wild ruse, attempted pharmacy robbery lead to arrest

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) A woman who told police she tried to rob a Fort Wayne Walgreens pharmacy of Oxycodone and Xanax Monday evening because kidnappers threatened her daughter’s life has been arrested and charged with that robbery.

Fort Wayne Police were called around 7:20 p.m. to the Walgreens at 222 E. Pettit Ave. on a report of an armed robbery in progress. According to a police incident report, the pharmacist told a 911 dispatcher that a woman had handed him a note demanding Oxycodone – and she was still standing in the pharmacy.

Police arrived to find the woman standing near the counter, and she was placed into custody.

The suspect, Tammy Charles, told police she had received her daughter’s hand in the mail early Monday morning along with a note. Charles told police that if she did not deliver this note she would receive her daughter’s head in the mail the next morning.

The pharmacist told police that Charles came to the counter with that note and explained the threatening situation. At that point, the pharmacist said she called police, according to the report.

The note, the report detailed, demanded the pharmacy’s full supply of Oxycodone and Xanax, and warned the staff not to trigger any alarms because there were two other men in the store who both had guns. Police found no other suspects.

Charles refused to tell police her daughter’s name and said she’s staying with a friend.

A police spokesman said Tuesday that police were not investigating the reported kidnapping, referring to it as a ruse to aid in the robbery. The daughter was found to be unharmed, police said.

Charles was arrested and preliminarily charged with armed robbery and intimidation.

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