Jersey Man Charged in Connection With Several Dutchess County RobberiesJun 23rd, 2012 | By HV Insider | Category: Lead Article
The Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department reports that on June 21, 2012 at 5:21 p.m. they responded to a reported armed robbery at Walgreen’s, 2018 South Road, in the Town of Poughkeepsie.
A white male suspect in his twenties entered the store and approached the Pharmacist behind the counter. The suspect stated that he had a gun (which was not displayed) and demanded a quantity of Oxycodone and hypodermic needles. The Pharmacist complied and the suspect fled the store. There were no reported injuries.
Prior to this robbery, the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department had been conducting an ongoing investigation concerning a similar robbery on June 15, 2012 at the Rite Aid store, 3350 North Road, Town of Poughkeepsie, N.Y. The suspect descriptions in both cases were similar and the suspect demanded Oxycodone. In addition, on June 15, 2012 at approximately 11:00 a.m., the Town of Hyde Park Police Department investigated an attempted robbery at a CVS Pharmacy in which the suspect’s description matched up with the Town of Poughkeepsie incident.
The follow-up police investigation after the robbery at Walgreen’s on June 21, 2012 connected a reported stolen car in the Town of Hyde Park on June 21, 2012, a 1997 Plymouth, to the suspect committing the robbery. This vehicle had been described by witnesses as leaving the scene of the robbery.
Town of Poughkeepsie Police Detectives discovered the stolen vehicle in the parking lot of a motel on Route 9 in the Town of Hyde Park the same evening where the suspect was staying. At approximately 9:51 p.m.. the suspect was taken into custody without incident. A subsequent search of the suspect’s room resulted in the recovery of an undisclosed quantity of Oxycodone and hypodermic needles.
23 year old Ernestas Kazlauskas has been charged by the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department with the robberies of June 15, 2012 and June 21, 2012. The suspect has also been linked to the attempted robbery of CVS in Hyde Park on June 15, 2012 at approximately 11:00 a.m. and the theft of two (2) motor vehicles in Hyde Park as well. Contact the Town of Hyde Park Police Department for further.
The Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department has been contacted by several police departments in New Jersey concerning pharmacy robberies that may possibly be attributed to the defendant. These cases remain under investigation.
The Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department was assisted by the Town of Hyde Park Police Department and the Village of Wappingers Falls Police Department K9 Unit.
The defendant was arraigned before Judge Maloney of the City of Poughkeepsie Court on June 22, 2012. Kazlauskas was remanded to the Dutchess County Jail in lieu of $100,000 cash or $200,000 bond on each count. Defendant is due in Town of Poughkeepsie Justice Court on June 25, 2012 at 3:00 p.m