CHARLESTON — A Logan County couple has been charged with the armed robberies of several pharmacies.
The pair, Charles “Eddie” Jacobs, 34, of Peach Creek and Kristy Holleen Albright, 38, of Chapmanville were charged Dec. 17, following the Dec. 12 armed robbery of the CVS Pharmacy in Dunbar.
According to the criminal complaints, officers with Dunbar Police Department were dispatched to CVS Pharmacy after Kanawha County Metro 911 received a call from a store employee reporting a masked man in the store was armed with a handgun.
Investigators arrived and determined the CVS pharmacy had been robbed of a large quantity of prescription pills.
According to witnesses, the suspect entered the store around 9 p.m. through the main front entrance, brandished a black semi-automatic handgun and demanded to be escorted to the locked pharmacy area of the store.
The suspect was reportedly dressed in a black hoodie with a white Nike “swoosh” logo on the front, black pants, black tennis shoes with white accents and was wearing a camouflage mask/face covering.
Once at the pharmacy area, the suspect allegedly pointed the handgun at the pharmacist on duty and demanded she unlock the pharmacy and open the safe where pain medications were stored.
The suspect reportedly stood over the pharmacist with the handgun as he demanded the pharmacist empty all three drawers of the safe and put the medication bottles into the trash bag.
The theives were reportedly unaware, however, CVS had taken proactive steps against a robbery of this type.
In repsonse to recent CVS pharmacy robberies, the company had covertly placed a GPS device into some of the prescription pill bottles.
The suspect left the store with the GPS device in the trash bag containing the prescription pills.
The device reportedly began broadcasted its location location to law enforcement from 9:03 p.m. to 9:07 p.m., when the device registered a stationary position in the area of the 1-64 East off ramp at MacCorkle Avenue in South Charleston.
Investigators from the Dunbar Police Department and the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Department then located the stationary tracker and the white 13-gallon trash bag full of prescription medication bottles off the I-64 MacCorkle Avenue exit ramp. A short distance farther down the exit ramp, investigators located a black hooded sweatshirt with a white Nike swoosh logo on the front and a camouflage mask.
Investigators also reportedly learned a gray Scion 2-door had been involved a hit and run accident on Jefferson Road just after the CVS robbery.
Investigators located the victim of the hit-and-run accidnet who reportedly stated that at 9:08 p.m. they were traveling north on Jefferson Road and were attempting to turn left onto Washington Street when they believed the driver’s side of the gray 2 door car struck the driver’s side of their vehicle.
The witness reportedly followed the vehicle to Columbia Street where they exited his vehicle and approached the driver’s side of the gray car.
Once there, the witness reportedly made contact with a white female driver and a white male passenger.
The witness allegedly stated both subjects were acting extremely and appeared to be “high.” The witness reported they observed damage to the driver’s side front of the gray car. After writing down the vehicles’s registration number, however, the witness reportedley stated the driver and passenger in the car become more agitated and nervous, and fearing for their safety they left the area.
Investigators queried the registration number through West Virginia DMV and determined the 2005 Toyota Scion to be registered to Kristy Albright in Peach Creek, W.Va.
During this investigation it was learned that four other robberies at local CVS Pharmacy locations have occurred over the last several months. The Charleston Police Department as well as the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department are investigating these cases which occurred on Sept. 18 (Oakwood Road, Charleston), Oct. 16 (Oakwood Road, Charleston), Nov. 5 (Plaza East, Charleston) and Dec. 8 (Teays Valley, Putnam County).
The male robbery suspect was identified as Charles “Eddie” Jacobs, the boyfriend of Ms. Albright. After an interviewing Jacobs, investigators from the Charleston Police Department report he admitted to committing the Dec. 12 robbery as well as all the other robberies at CVS Pharmacies.
Jacobs stated he used a pellet gun in the commission of all the robberies; the gun has reportedly not yet been recovered. He allegedly further confessed that his girlfriend, Albright, drove the suspect vehicle during the commission of the robberies.
Jacobs also advised that female CVS employee Kelly Cook provided him information about the amount of pills in the store and the dates the pills were delivered. Jacobs stated that after the first two CVS robberies on Oakwood Road, he paid Kelly $5000 for her assistance in the robberies.
Jacobs has been charged with three counts second degree armed robbery and Albright has been charged with second degree armed robbery. Both are incarcerated on a $100,000 bond.
Criminal complaints are public information. Charges listed in a complaint are merely accusations; defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
Martha Sparks is a news reporter and can be reached at 304-752-6950, ext. 1728, or via Twitter at @MarthaSparks