PHOENIX, NY – A local man accused of robbing drugs at gunpoint from the corner drugstore in the village of Phoenix was arrested by police Thursday (Dec. 18) and arraigned in Schroeppel Town Court on five felony and misdemeanor charges.
Cody M. Hall, who turned 22 years old on Thursday, of county Route 10, Pennellville, was apprehended in the town of Cicero Thursday morning by several police agencies.
According to court documents, on Dec. 9, a man wearing a hoodie and brandishing “what looked to be a Glock handgun” according to a witness, threatened “to kill everyone in the place” if the pharmacist did not hand over narcotic drugs including Suboxone and Oxycontin.
The robbery, recorded by the store’s surveillance camera, shows a person with a dark hoodie and a mask inside The Medicine Place on Main Street.
The three men working inside the store at the time were not harmed. “I brought the pills to him, put them in a bag … and told him to leave,” the store owner said in his statement to police. “At that point I locked the doors in case he tried to come back and yelled (for an employee) to call 911.”
As a result of the police investigation, Hall was arrested and Phoenix police filed accusatory instruments charging him on three felony counts:
- Robbery in the first degree, a class B felony, for entering the store “wearing a camouflage face mask and gloves, displaying what appeared to be a black handgun,” and forcibly stealing $2,200 worth of Suboxone films and Oxycontin tablets;
- Criminal use of a firearm in the first degree, a class B felony, for displaying what appeared to be a black colored handgun during the commission of a robbery;
- And grand larceny in the fourth degree, a class E felony, for stealing 84-8mg Suboxone films, 164-60 mg Oxycontin tablets and 30-80 mg Oxycontin tablets.
He was also charged with two misdemeanors: menacing in the second degree, a class A misdemeanor for brandishing what appeared to be a weapon during the commission of a robbery; and criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree, a class A misdemeanor.
According to the website Suboxone.com, Suboxone film is used to treat opioid dependence. WebMD.com describes Oxycontin as an opioid painkiller.
Hall was arraigned in Schroeppel Town Court and remanded to Oswego County Correctional Facility in lieu of $50,000 or $100,000 bail bond.
He is scheduled to reappear in Schroeppel Town Court Jan. 21.