The Middletown Police made progress investigating an armed robbery of a pharmacy in Middletown yesterday, and released a statement about the event and the arrest.
This is just one pharmacy robbery in NJ related to the ongoing and apparently growing heroin and prescription painkiller addiction problem. The drugs sought by these desperate people are synthetic opioids, chemicals that act like heroin in the body and are often taken in strong doses as an addiction progresses. Once addicted to prescription painkillers like oxycodone-containing pills, the drug addict habituates and needs an increasing supply to avoid feeling very sick. This cycle of addiction progresses until the addict is working very hard, often all day long, just to secure enough cash or pills to stave off the feelings of illness that are associated with heroin or opioid withdrawal (withdrawal sickness).
Sunrise Detox is experienced with cycle of prescription pain killer addiction in both Florida and New Jersey. In many ways, New Jersey is following the same pattern witnessed over the past several years in Florida. Pharmacy robberies represent just one of the many ways untreated drug addiction, including prescription pain pill addiction that starts with a legitimate doctor's prescription for legitimate pain management, leads to increasing costs to the community at large.
From the Middletown Police (reported by RedBankGreen.com):
On December 19, 2013 at approximately 6:45 p.m. the Middletown Police Department responded to a report of an armed robbery at the Rite Aid Pharmacy located on Newman Springs Road in Lincroft, NJ. The suspect, Jayson Turegano, age 24, from Hurley’s Lane in Lincroft, NJ, entered the store and jumped over the pharmacy counter. Turegano then grabbed the pharmacist, placed a scissor blade to his neck, threatened him and demanded Oxycodone pills. He then fled the store with a bottle of pills.
Patrolman Michael Pintilie, who responded to the scene, recognized Turegano from the store surveillance video and from a previous call he had handled earlier in the evening. Corporal Bernie Chenoweth and Patrolman John Mele then conducted a thorough canvass of the area and located additional witnesses. At approximately 3:30 a.m. Sergeant Gerald Weimer and Patrolman David Crenshaw located Turegano in a common area in Loftman Towers, a nearby housing complex. He was taken into custody and brought to police headquarters.
Detective First Class Kelly Godley and Detectives Laurence Schachtel and Keith Hirschbein conducted a follow up investigation which resulted in Turegano being charged with Robbery, Terroristic Threats, Theft, Unlawful Possession of Oxycodone, Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose and Unlawful Possession of a Weapon. He was being held at the Monmouth County Correctional Facility in Freehold, NJ, on $75,000.00 bail set by Judge Richard Thompson.
Detective Lieutenant Stephen Dollinger credits the team work displayed by all of the officers involved which led to the quick resolution of the incident. The officers should be commended for their professionalism and diligence in solving this crime.