DeForest Police Chief Robert Henze reported that on April 9 at about 3:55 p.m., officers responded to a report of a possible robbery in progress at the DeForest Hometown Pharmacy, 645 S. Main St., in the Village of DeForest.
Upon arrival, officers observed an employee pointing to the suspect as he exited the store and took him into custody. Tony D. Taylor, 35, of Delavan, was arrested without resistance.
The suspect came into the pharmacy wearing a dark green jacket with a hood covering his head. Employees’ attention was drawn to this suspect’s appearance, which was similar to that of the description of suspect involved in the recent pharmacy thefts or robberies.
The suspect continued walking back to the pharmacy. A clerk stepped outside and dialed 911. The suspect asked the pharmacist if a prescription was ready for another person. The pharmacist checked and said no. The suspect left the pharmacy and was apprehended. No threat of force or weapon was implied. The suspect later stated that he planned to rob the pharmacy, but didn’t because something did not look right.
The investigation and interviews revealed that the suspect is possibly responsible for more than 20 pharmacy thefts or robberies at Walgreens, CVS and Hometown Pharmacy stores since November 2012 in the states of Wisconsin, Illinois and Nebraska.
The suspect admitted to being responsible for the thefts or robberies committed in several jurisdictions to include, but not limited to, the City of Madison, Village of Waunakee, Village of McFarland, City of Verona, City of Janesville, City of Beloit and the City of Delavan. The suspect demanded Oxycontin and other opiate painkillers.
The DeForest Police Department has been working very closely with the Walgreens and Hometown Pharmacy personnel, keeping them up-to-date of the suspect’s activities and description.
Police officials informed the employees to pay particular attention to the clothing and demeanor of individuals entering their businesses. In particular, individuals that appeared to be attempting to disguise their identity or acting suspicious.
Officers from the DeForest Police Department informed employees of the pharmacies how to respond and report individuals entering the premises dressed in manners such as hoods over their heads, jackets zipped over their faces, etc.
The quick thinking by the pharmacy staff resulted in the safe and quick apprehension of Taylor.
Taylor was transported to the DeForest Police Department, where he was questioned and later booked into the Dane County Jail on the charges for felony theft from the City of Madison. Multiple charges are pending from other jurisdictions.