An Albany man who tried to rob a pharmacy has been sentenced to two years in jail
The Perth Supreme Court heard that Wylie John Moore entered the Albany Amcal Pharmacy at about 9.30am in January last year, and swung a bag at the pharmacist, the Albany Advertiser reports.
The pharmacist was able to duck, and Mr Moore shouted at staff to open the safe.
The pharmacist was not able to open the safe and Mr Moore ran from the store after staff managed to activate the alarm.
Police executed a search warrant at the backpacker hostel where Mr Moore was staying several days later. They found photographs on his mobile phone of the interior and exterior of the pharmacy, taken before the attempted robbery, as well as two containers of prescription analgesics.
The robbery was committed while Mr Moore was on parole for previous offences.
Judge Joe McGrath noted that he had acted out of “desperation” in seeking painkillers to treat injuries stemming from a 2015 car accident. It was clear that Mr Moore was a long-term user of illicit drugs, the judge noted.
“The target of your attempted robbery was a pharmacy which is particularly vulnerable to acts of stealing with violence.
“You did cause the manager and staff to flee the store through fear.”
Mr Moore was jailed for two years and made eligible for parole.