Police connect Talent robbery suspect to Ashland thefts

An Ashland man arrested in connection with a robbery at a Talent pharmacy on Saturday is also suspected of robbing an Ashland pharmacy in early August, Ashland police said in a news release today.

Galen Patrick O'Neill, 24, was arrested Saturday afternoon, hours after a man with a knife leaped over a counter at the Medicap pharmacy at 205 N. Pacific Highway, forced employees into a back room, then ran out with narcotics.

Investigators identified similarities between the Talent robbery and one reported in Ashland on Aug. 7. On the afternoon of Aug. 7, a man jumped the pharmacy counter at the Rite-Aid at 2341 Ashland St., assaulted a technician while demanding drugs, grabbed a bottle of oxycodone and methadone, and ran.

After interviewing O'Neill and his 23-year-old girlfriend, Ashland investigators charged him with an additional count of third-degree robbery stemming from that case, Ashland police said.

In the robbery over the weekend, one of the pharmacy's employees slipped out to get a description and license plate number of the robber's car as the man fled. With that information, responding officers from the Jackson County Sheriff's Department, Oregon State Police and the Ashland and Talent police departments, identified O'Neill and went to his home in the 2700 block of Siskiyou Boulevard in Ashland.

He was arrested on robbery, menacing and theft charges stemming from the Talent robbery and lodged in the Jackson County Jail.

The Jackson County District Attorney's Office will review the evidence against O'Neill and his girlfriend and could add more charges, officials said.

— Anita Burke

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