Montco man gets federal prison sentence for armed robbery at Philadelphia pharmacy


POTTSTOWN, PA — A local man will spend nearly a decade in federal prison after pleading guilty to a November 2021 robbery with a firearm at a Rite-Aid pharmacy on the Philadelphia-Montgomery County border.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Harrison had pleaded guilty to an indictment in March that charged him with robbery under Hobbs Law; carry, use and brandish a firearm while committing a violent crime; and possession of a firearm by a felon, according to federal prosecutors.

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At the time of the robbery, prosecutors said, Harrison showed a gun and demanded money from pharmacy workers, after which he fled the store with about $600 in stolen cash.

“Mr. Harrison threatened the lives of the employees of this pharmacy with a loaded gun and stole $600, and for this crime he will now spend nearly a decade in prison,” said U.S. Attorney Jacqueline C. Romero in a statement. “Repeating offenders who commit reckless violent crimes like this defendant will soon face serious federal charges and years in prison.”

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Hobbs Law is a federal law that involves the armed robbery of businesses that engage in interstate commerce, such as financial institutions and pharmacies.

The US government often indicts defendants in federal court in cases involving such thefts.

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