A possible sci-fi/fantasy fan has held up a Runaway Bay pharmacy, while a man claims a ‘friend’ altered his Endone script
Runaway Bay: Police have released CCTV as part of their investigation into the armed robbery of a pharmacy at Runaway Bay earlier this month.
At around 8pm on 2 May, a man wearing a full face mask of the character Dobby, from the Harry Potter franchise, went to the pharmacy, approached the counter and produced a handgun.
He made threats towards two pharmacists, forcing them into a storeroom, and where he took a quantity of medication.
The man also took a sum of cash from a safe before fleeing on foot, through nearby football grounds.
As well as the Harry Potter mask, the man was also wearing a grey/cream coloured hooded jumper with the outline of a Star Wars storm trooper mask on the back, as well as long khaki cargo pants and tan work boots.
Police are appealing for anyone who may have further information as to his identity to get in touch.
Rockhampton: The Cairns Post reports that Peter Shane Foreman has pleaded guilty to one count of attempting to obtain a controlled drug with an altered prescription.
The Rockhampton Magistrates Court heard that Mr Foreman had been to the Emergency Department of the city’s hospital on a morning in February, and had been given a script for Endone.
He then went to a pharmacy and gave the script to an eagle-eyed pharmacist who noticed that the script had been changed: from 5mg to 15mg.
The pharmacist contacted police.
Mr Foreman said that he had showed a friend the script between leaving the hospital and the pharmacy, and that the friend – whose name he said he did not know – must have changed the strength on the script.
He was fined $500 and a criminal conviction was recorded.
Townsville: A man who robbed a pharmacy with a tomahawk has been granted parole after serving 429 days presentence custody.
The Townsville Bulletin reports that in March 2020, Joshua Thomas William Watson went to the Chemmart Pharmacy at Belgian Gardens, with a tomahawk hidden in a shopping bag.
After waiting for two older customers to leave, Mr Watson, holding the shopping bag containing the tomahawk, went to the counter and told a young pharmacy assistant to put the controlled drugs into another bag.
He reportedly threatened to harm her if she did not.
While the assistant was readying the controlled drugs, Mr Watson went to a teenage pharmacy assistant and took her phone from her. He then fled, and was caught by police two hours later, at which point he made “full and frank admissions” about the offence.
The Townsville District Court heard that the man had a “tragic” wish to go back to prison and had intended to be caught.
He had previously taken his six-year-old daughter to act as a lookout while he tried to break into and rob another pharmacy. He had been in possession of a “large revolver” at the time.
Mr Watson pleaded guilty to armed robbery and common assault and was handed a sentence of four years’ imprisonment, plus a further six months for common assault, to be served concurrently.
He was then granted parole.