Attempted pharmacy theft suspect arrested in Union City

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UNION CITY (BCN) — Police arrested a 22-year-old man Wednesday morning after he allegedly tried to rob a Union City pharmacy and take an assortment of prescription pain medication.

Around 10 a.m., a man walked into the Rite Aid at the Marketplace shopping center located at 1650 Decoto Road, according to police.

The man then presented a note to the clerk at the store’s pharmacy, demanding prescription pain medication. The man threatened to hurt the clerk if they didn’t comply, police said.

The clerk however notified the pharmacy and the store manager.

The suspect then fled the store without taking any medication. He was seen fleeing on foot with two other women, according to police.

After calling police, the employees were able to provide responding officers with a description of the suspect. Officers searched the area and located a man matching the description given by employees.

The man was leaving the laundry room of a gated apartment complex nearby, accompanied by two women. Officers recovered the man’s shirt inside a garbage can in the laundry room, police said.

The suspect was identified as Luis Pantoja. Pantoja was arrested on suspicion of attempted robbery, making criminal threats and possession of a controlled substance, according to police.

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