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2 charged in Johnson City pharmacy robberies

Staff Report • Jan 17, 2014 at 9:17 AM

Johnson City police have charged two men with a Boones Creek pharmacy robbery and one of the pair in a second pharmacy robbery on West Market Street.

Jonathan Ray Pennington, 32, 903 Embreeville Road, was charged with robbing both Boones Creek Pharmacy on North Roan Street on Aug. 21 and West Towne Pharmacy on West Market on Oct. 18. Chad Raymond Miller, 31, 1903 Pleasant View Drive, also was charged in the Boones Creek robbery.

In the Boones Creek robbery, the pharmacy staff reported that a man passed the pharmacist a note demanding narcotics. He showed a firearm, and the pharmacist gave him the drugs. In the West Towne robbery, two men wearing masks demanded narcotics while one showed a gun. Both men fled on foot. Security video recorded both robberies.

On Tuesday, police investigators received information about Pennington and Miller and their alleged involvement with the Boones Creek Pharmacy robbery. Pennington also was charged with the robbery at the West Towne Pharmacy.

Both men were arrested Wednesday and jailed in the Washington County Detention Center. Charged with two counts of aggravated robbery, Pennington was held on $80,000 bond. Charged with one count of aggravated robbery, Miller was held on $40,000 bond.

Both were arraigned Thursday in Sessions Court.

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