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UPDATE: Arrest made in robbery of Walgreens in East Ridge

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EAST RIDGE, TN (WRCB) - UPDATE: East Ridge police arrested a man Thursday, they say robbed a Walgreens pharmacy.

Police caught up with the suspect down the street after it happened. They say he was trying to swallow the stolen pills.

Police say James McCormick threatened store employees' lives with a note before making off with $1,500 worth of Oxymorphone and Fentanyl pills.

Channel 3 stopped by the store on Ringgold Road where employees said they weren't allowed to go on camera. They said 5-6 employees were working inside the store at the time of the robbery. Customers were inside as well.

The robbery has others in the area talking because pharmacists know it can happy anywhere at any time.

Kalbesh Patel opened his pharmacy three years ago. It's just down the street from the Walgreens that was robbed. He also owns the gas station next door.

“They don't worry about someone's life,” Patel said.

Since day one, Patel says safety has been top priority. He installed bullet proof glass, security cameras, a drive thru window and multiple hold up buttons throughout the pharmacy.

“If I close this door, the pharmacy is closed. Nobody can hurt us. And we are prepared for that,” he added.

Patel also trained his employees what to do if that type of situation were to unfold.

“I always tell my employees, just give it to them. Whatever they want—Money, medicine. Whatever they want, here.. get out of here,” he said.

Patel believes regulations in place across the state and country are making it harder for some to feed their addiction to pain killers, which is why some are turning to hold ups.

James McCormick, 21, is charged with Aggravated Robbery. He is being held on a $75,000 bond.

An arrest is made in the robbery of the Walgreens on Ringgold Road in East Ridge.

When East Ridge Police arrived on the scene they saw the suspect running down McBrien Road.

Police chased him on foot and captured him behind a house where he was trying to ingest the medication he had stolen.

The suspect, 21-year-old James McCormick had gone to the pharmacy and handed the clerk a note demanding oxymorphone and Fentnayl. The note stated that the employees would be killed if they did not provide the medication. Witnesses told police that McCormick told the pharmacy workers "to get them quick or he would start shooting employees and customers and kill himself." He also placed his hand in his pocket in such a way as to suggest that he was armed. The pharmacy workers handed McCormick approximately $1,500 worth of Fentnayl, and he fled the store on foot. That's when police saw him running down the street.

McCormick is charged with aggravated robbery and is being held on a $75,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear in East Ridge Court February 10, 2015.

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