Man who said he had machete in pharmacy robbery sentenced

A Trenton man has been sent to prison for the August robbery of a Middletown pharmacy of drugs after telling employees he had a machete.

Matthew Jackson, 35, of Trenton, pleaded guilty last month to robbery, a second-degree felony, for the Aug. 25 hold up of the Breiel Boulevard CVS Pharmacy.

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Jackson was sentenced to four years in prison this week by Butler County Common Pleas Judge Michael Oster.

Just days after the robbery, Middletown police and the Butler County Sheriff’s Department’s SWAT team executed a search warrant at Jackson’s residence in the 3900 block of North First Street in Trenton. A large mechanic’s file was found at the residence, according to Middletown police.

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Jackson entered CVS and told the pharmacist to give him the narcotics or he would use the machete he had on her, according to the search warrant obtained by this news outlet. He was given a bag containing 115 hydrocodone pills.

Middletown police credited citizens for coming forward with information about Jackson when a photo from the store security camera was released.

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