Quinton man charged in Walgreens robbery

By Lea Rizzo, Daily Mountain Eagle
Posted 9/29/16

A Quinton man has been charged with committing an armed robbery Sunday at Walgreens pharmacy in Sumiton.

Terry J. Whitten, 59, has been charged with two counts of robbery. Whitten allegedly stole oxycodone from the pharmacy.

Whitten was taken …

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Quinton man charged in Walgreens robbery

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A Quinton man has been charged with committing an armed robbery Sunday at Walgreens pharmacy in Sumiton.

Terry J. Whitten, 59, has been charged with two counts of robbery. Whitten allegedly stole oxycodone from the pharmacy.

Whitten was taken into custody Monday as a ‘person of interest’ in the case.

“The diligent work by the officers involved in this investigation coupled with much-appreciated assistance from multiple citizens gave us the opportunity to build what we feel like is a strong case,” Assistant Police Chief Kris Price said. “We look forward to providing the victims in this case with the justice they deserve.”

Whitten allegedly entered the store around noon with a shotgun he was using as a cane. He approached the pharmacy and demanded the pharmacists give him oxycodone. When they refused, Whitten allegedly placed his shotgun on the counter, pointed it at the employees. They then handed over the medication.

Although Sumiton police responded to the scene within three minutes, the suspect had already fled the scene.

Later that day, police said the suspect was driving a white pickup truck with a red stripe on the passenger side door. They also asked citizens to not engage with this person and warned that he should be considered “armed and dangerous.”

Authorities described the suspect as a white male between 50 and 60 years old.

Sumiton Police Chief T.J. Burnett confirmed Monday that police had taken a ‘person of interest’ into custody around 6 p.m. At that time, authorities were not releasing the person’s name.

Burnett added that witnesses from Walgreens confirmed the person of interest as the robbery suspect based on facial and voice recognition.