Man attempts to rob Greencastle pharmacy

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot

A Smithsburg man was arrested Monday for three attempted armed robberies, one of which was at Rite Aid, 200 N. Antrim Way, Greencastle.

Stephen Edward Munson, 29, was taken into custody by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office at 1:12 p.m. at the landfill on U.S. 40. According to Hagerstown, Md. police, Munson confessed to  two attempted robberies.

Police explained the timeline of Munson’s activities. At 12:08 p.m. a white male entered CVS Pharmacy at 1519 Potomac Ave. He gave the technician a note claiming to have a bomb in the cooler he was carrying. He asked for Oxycontin. The person said they did not have any. The man took the note and fled. Employees got a description of the car and the tag number.

Police agencies in Maryland, Pennsylvania and West Virginia were alerted.

Greencastle police then reported they had been called to Rite Aid at 12:36 p.m. for a similar incident. The suspect had displayed an item he identified as a bomb and threatened to blow up the store.

Once Munson was captured, an employee of Rite Aid accompanied Greencastle police to the landfill and positively identified him.

A similar robbery occurred at 3:30 p.m. March 22 at Rite Aid, 825 W. Hillcrest Ave. in Hagerstown. A man with a cooler and note asked for Oxycontin. He received pills that time. Police received a description of the car.

Greencastle police charged Munson with attempted armed robbery, theft and terroristic threats.

For the CVS case Hagerstown police charged Munson with two counts of attempted armed robbery, attempted robbery, attempted theft under $10,000 and two counts of second degree assault.

For the Rite Aid case last week Hagerstown police charged him with two counts of armed robbery, robbery, theft over $1,000, and two counts of second degree assault.