Twin brothers admitted to driving from Indianapolis to rob a Middletown pharmacy after choosing the location from a list on the internet, according to police.
Nicholas Johnson-Tucker, 23, told detective Ken Mynhier that he worked for a moving company and he was struggling financially.
“He heard how easy it was to rob a pharmacy and got the help of his brother,” Mynhier said during a preliminary hearing Monday in Middletown Municipal Court.
Patrick Johnson-Tucker and his brother allegedly robbed CVS at 820 S. Breiel Blvd. on May 2, tying up the two employees inside and taking more than 8,000 pills with a total value of $11,129.92, according to the police report.
The brothers are charged with two counts of kidnapping and aggravated robbery. Bond is set at $750,000 for Patrick Johnson-Tucker and $760,000 for Nicholas Johnson-Tucker.
Mynhier testified that both brothers were “very pleasant and polite” during his interview after the duo was caught when their vehicle wrecked crossing the Ohio 122 bridge after a short pursuit. Patrick Johnson-Tucker was behind the wheel of the Monte Carlo. The brothers also have no prior criminal record, the detective said.
During the robbery, a gun was allegedly displayed by Nicholas, who told the two employees “not do do anything stupid,” Mynhier said. Twist ties used to bind the hands of the clerk and pharmacist were visible in video of the robbery sticking out of Patrick’s pocket, Mynhier said.
The pills were dumped into a pillow case and the suspects ran, police said. The employees were able to free themselves, lock to door and call for help.
A car matching the description of the alleged getaway vehicle was spotted on Central Avenue a short time later, but the vehicle fled on Ohio 122, crossing into Madison Twp.
Mynhier said when they were taken into custody, the brothers matched the description of the suspects and were wearing the “exact same clothes” as the suspects seenon video, but they were wearing surgical masks during the robbery.
Judge James Sherron found sufficient evidence to bind both cases over to a Butler County grand jury for consideration following the hearing.
Thank you for reading the Journal-News and for supporting local journalism. Subscribers: log in for access to your daily ePaper and premium newsletters.
Thank you for supporting in-depth local journalism with your subscription to the Journal-News. Get more news when you want it with email newsletters just for subscribers. Sign up here.