LMPD: Walgreens suspect responsible for several pharmacy robberies


by Brooke Hasch


Posted on January 2, 2014 at 9:46 AM

Updated Thursday, Jan 2 at 6:17 PM

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- A Louisville man wanted for eight pharmacy robberies throughout Kentuckiana is behind bars.

Louisville Metro Police say they arrested Matthew Williams Thursday morning, Jan. 2, after robbing the same pharmacy multiple times in the last few months.

It's not the first time the Walgreens off Shelbyville Rd. has been hit with a robbery. In fact it's the fourth time this pharmacy has encountered Williams. Thursday, Williams walked into the pharmacy where he handed over a demand note for a controlled substance called Suboxone, stating he was armed.

"He never displayed a weapon," Sgt. Eric Black, with LMPD, said.

Williams fled from the scene, but not before a witness was able to take down the license plate number.

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"LMPD 8th Division located the car on Shelbyville Rd. Initiated a traffic stop at which point the subject fled in his vehicle. Subsequently crashed at the area of 64 and Cannons Lane," Black said.

No one was hurt in the crash. Police immediately took Williams into custody without a fight.

"When he was arrested today, in the vehicle was a hand gun," Black said.

Charged with seven pharmacy robberies in Louisville and one in Jeffersonville, Ind., William's robberies date back to Sept. 13, 2013, where he landed two boxes of the same controlled substance each time. In one case, he managed to rob the same pharmacy off Shelbyville at the drive-thru.

"It appears that the motive behind all these robberies was his struggle with drug addiction," Black said.

An addiction police say is the driving force for much of the city's crime.