COUNCIL BLUFFS, IA (KPTM)- A man is now under arrest after trying to rob a pharmacy of prescription pain pills Friday afternoon. 33–year–old Kelton Houts was tackled, after he demanded the medicine from Union Pharmacy in Council Bluffs. The pharmacist who made the tackle said this was the third time he has stopped potential thieves.
There have been a few armed robberies at pharmacies in the area. Bill Shipley, manager of Union Pharmacy, said he knew it was only a matter of time before they were hit next.
"I just had a feeling it was going to happen eventually. So, I was just kind of waiting," he said.
Shipley said Houts came in the store during business hours demanding prescription pain pills. He said he gave Houts one bottle of Oxycontin before taking matters into his own hands.
"I went out of our door and chased him out and tackled him in the parking lot," said Shipley.
At least five different armed robberies for pain pills have happened in the last two months. Council Bluffs Police said the Houts is also connected to the pharmacy robberies that happened at K-Mart and CVS earlier this month.
Shipley believes the string of robberies comes from pure addiction.
"Oxycontin, Oxycodone, people get addicted to it then they just don't think right, you know? They do things they may not normally do," said Shipley.
Getting back to normal himself, Shipley spends the rest of the work day taking care of the pharmacy's loyal customers.
"The phone keeps ringing, people keep coming in for their medicines. So, after the police said that we could open up, we opened back up, it's just business as usual," said Shipley.
Police said Houts was armed loaded BB gun. He was taken to a hospital after being tackled. He then was booked at the Pottawattamie County Jail for robbery and other charges.
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