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Man Arrested After Preston Pharmacy Robbery

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PRESTON, Md.- A Caroline County man is behind bars following accusations that he robbed a Preston pharmacy of prescription painkillers Tuesday night.

Investigators with the Caroline County Sheriff's Office said that shortly before 7 p.m., 31-year-old Eric William Trice of Preston, walked into the Mulvey Preston Pharmacy on Main Street and ordered a pharmacist to put painkiller pills into a bag.

Officers say the man put on a mask as he walked down an aisle, pulled out a gun, and then made his demands.

Police said that before the robbery, the owner of the pharmacy was on the phone with his wife.  He dropped the during the hold-up and she overheard the situation during that call. She called the Sheriff's Office to alert deputies about what was happening at the pharmacy.

The first deputy arrived on the scene to find the armed robbery in progress, police said. Investigators said the pharmacist walked out the building with this hands bound with electrical tape to a piece of wood from the store counter. He told deputies that the suspect was still inside the building and was armed with a handgun, investigators said.

The building was surrounded and a search of the building was conducted with the assistance of a K-9 unit from the Denton Police Department. Police said Trice was located in the pharmacy's basement and taken into custody without incident.

Trice was charged with armed robbery, robbery, second-degree assault, false imprisonment, reckless endangerment, theft: $1,000-$10,000. He is being held on $500,000 bond pending a preliminary hearing scheduled for Caroline County District Court on Aug. 9.

Editor's note: It was originally reported it was the suspect's wife that called police. It was later learned that it was the wife of the pharmacy owner who called. WBOC apologizes for the error.

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