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Police: Plan to rob man of pain pills at Clearwater pharmacy ends in shooting, arrests

CLEARWATER — A scheme to rob a man of his prescription painkillers went awry Tuesday, police said, leading to the arrests of three men — one accused of shooting him in the leg.

The trio planned to rob Gordon Kendrick, 28, right after he went to a pharmacy to have an oxycodone prescription filled, police said.

Ryan L. Holmberg, 23, of 1320 14th St. in Palm Harbor is accused of shooting Kendrick. He was charged with robbery with a deadly weapon, aggravated battery, throwing a deadly missile into a building and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Also arrested, police said, were Sean M. Perry, 25, of Clearwater, who drove the getaway car, and Daniel C. Kane, 31, of Tampa, who helped coordinate the robbery.

At least one of the men knew Kendrick, said Clearwater police spokeswoman Beth Watts.

Arrest reports show Kane communicated with Holmberg by telephone to let him know when to go to the pharmacy.

Perry then drove Holmberg to Trinity Pharmacy at 1474 S Belcher Road. Holmberg approached Kendrick and demanded the pills when Kendrick left the store.

When Kendrick said he didn't have anything, Holmberg shot him in the right thigh with a semi-automatic handgun, police said. The bullet passed through Kendrick's thigh and went into the occupied pharmacy. No one else was injured.

The incident happened around 4:45 p.m.

Kendrick was treated at Morton Plant Hospital and released later Tuesday, a hospital spokesman said. Kendrick was able to identify at least one of the men, arrest reports show.

All three men were taken to the Pinellas County Jail.

Holmberg is being held on $130,000 bail. Perry was charged with robbery and is being held without bail on a probation violation. Kane was charged with robbery and is being held on $10,000 bail.

Pinellas court records show Holmberg has previous convictions for burglary and possession of marijuana in 2007 and for fleeing and eluding in 2009.

Perry was sentenced to two years of probation earlier this month on drug possession charges.

Andy Boyle can be reached at [email protected] or (727) 893-8087. Rita Farlow can be reached at [email protected] or (727) 445-4157.

Police: Plan to rob man of pain pills at Clearwater pharmacy ends in shooting, arrests 11/25/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 25, 2009 6:56pm]
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