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Two men accused in robbery at Palm Harbor pharmacy

PALM HARBOR — Two men were arrested Wednesday night after robbing a pharmacy earlier in the day, deputies said.

William R. Pelno, 37, of Seminole, faces two counts of robbery and Neal Wallace, 43, of Largo faces one count in the 10:30 a.m. incident. Pelno was being held early Wednesday at the Pinellas County Jail on $40,000 bail. Wallace was also being held at the jail. His bail had not been set.

According to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, Pelno walked into the Curlew Pharmacy, 30226 Highway U.S. 19 N, Wednesday morning and handed a cashier a note demanding oxycodone and implying that he had a weapon. The cashier gave him an undisclosed amount of the drug, the Sheriff's Office said, and Pelno ran to a vehicle driven by Wallace.

No one was injured.

Witness descriptions of the robbers and the vehicle led detectives to a Seminole residence later on Wednesday. Both men confessed to the robbery and detectives recovered all of the stolen oxycodone, according to the Sheriff's Office.

While in custody, Pelno admitted to robbing a CVS Pharmacy at 8905 Bryan Dairy Road in Seminole, in March, according to the Sheriff's Office. Deputies say Pelno stole an undisclosed amount of Oxycodone in that robbery.

The investigation is ongoing.

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Two men accused in robbery at Palm Harbor pharmacy 07/15/10 [Last modified: Thursday, July 15, 2010 1:40pm]
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