Prison time stayed on guilty plea to Cub Pharmacy robbery

A Coon Rapids man who pleaded guilty in Anoka County District Court to robbing a Coon Rapids pharmacy has had prison time stayed.

Anthony Raymond Gill, 22, 11443 Martin St. N.W., Coon Rapids, entered a guilty plea to a felony second-degree aggravated robbery charge and was put on probation for 15 years at sentencing Sept. 28 after a 21-month prison term was stayed.

The court ordered Gill to serve 120 days in jail with credit for 15 days served.

Probation conditions include chemical dependency evaluation and treatment, random urinalysis and breath testing, supply a DNA sample, no mood-altering chemicals or alcohol and no possession of firearms.

Gill was also ordered to pay restitution to the Cub Pharmacy he robbed and not to enter any Cub Foods locations.

Shortly before 7:30 p.m. April 27, a lone white male walked up to the counter of the Cub Pharmacy, 2050 Northdale Blvd., and handed over a note demanding drugs while threatening a weapon, although none was seen.

The employee handed over bottles of two bottles Fentanyl patches, six bottles of Hydromorphone, both prescription pain relievers, and 100 syringes.

The suspect fled the store on foot.

According to the complaint, Coon Rapids Police Det. Bill Steiner sent out a tri-county alert to law enforcement that briefly described the robbery and had an image of the suspect taken from video surveillance.

A confidential informant told police of overhearing Gill admit to the robbery and describe it, including passing the note to the employee which indicated that he had a gun.

When police executed a search warrant May 3 at the Martin Street address, they found Gill.

In a post-Miranda statement, Gill admitted to the robbery and told what happened to the drugs stolen in the robbery.

In addition, at Gill’s home, police found some of the drugs that were taken in the robbery.

Peter Bodley is at [email protected]

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