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Man accused of using hoax bomb to rob Spring Hill pharmacy

SPRING HILL — A man claiming to have a bomb strapped to his chest robbed a Hernando County pharmacy on Thursday of a bottle of prescription drugs.

Hernando County sheriff's deputies later made an arrest and found that the device was not a bomb but a small box with cardboard tubes attached.

Troy Anderson, 29, of 14618 Williams Lane, Hudson, was arrested on charges of robbery with a deadly weapon, possession of a hoax bomb during the commission of a felony and trafficking in oxycodone. He was being held at the Hernando County jail in lieu of $200,000 bail and was also being held on a warrant out of Hillsborough County.

Anderson entered Suncoast Vital Care Pharmacy, 5330 Spring Hill Drive, about noon and opened his coat, displaying an object he said was a bomb, according to a sheriff's report. The device had a long wick hanging out of it, and Anderson lit a lighter, saying he would "blow us all up,'' an arrest affidavit said.

He then demanded a bottle of OxyContin pills, and after receiving a bottle of pills, he ran from the business, the report said. A pharmacist recognized Anderson as a customer of the store.

Just before the robbery, a caller to the Sheriff's Office said that a man on a motorcycle had been acting suspiciously, driving in and out of the parking lot of an office next to the pharmacy. The caller gave deputies the license tag information and described the man's motorcycle as silver with orange flames painted on it.

Deputies responding to the robbery saw a motorcycle matching that description in the parking lot of a 7-Eleven at Kenlake Avenue and Spring Hill Drive. Deputies cleared the store and found Anderson locked inside the store's bathroom.

In a trash can in the store, deputies found a jacket, a hypodermic needle containing a blue substance, and fireworks bound together with a long wick, according to the report.

During the search for the robbery suspect, authorities locked down at least two nearby schools.

Logan Neill can be reached at or at (352) 848-1435.

Man accused of using hoax bomb to rob Spring Hill pharmacy 08/27/09 [Last modified: Thursday, August 27, 2009 9:28pm]
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