ENCINITAS — A thief out on bail for several previous alleged pharmacy robberies struck again Nov. 26 at the Rite Aid at 439 Santa Fe Drive.
“He’s back again,” prosecutor Laurie Hauf said.
On Nov. 29, Alan Buckley, of Carlsbad, pleaded not guilty in a Vista courtroom to the attempted robbery of the Encinitas Rite Aid, just more than a month after he bailed out of jail where he was being held on robbery charges and an attempted robbery charge.
On Oct. 27 Buckley pleaded not guilty to those charges, which allege him as the suspect in a San Marcos pharmacy robbery on Oct. 25, a Carlsbad Albertson’s pharmacy robbery on Oct. 12, and a Rite Aid robbery at Avenida Encinas in Carlsbad on Aug. 31.
He posted bail on the $200,000 amount set by the judge.
This time around San Diego County Superior Court Judge Marshall Y. Hockett delivered a hefty bail of $500,000 for the November attempted robbery, which was also a probation violation, and raised bail to $400,000 on the October charges.
Hauf said the probation violation carries an additional two-year penalty on top of a five-year prison sentence Buckley faces if convicted of the November attempted robbery.
If he is found guilty on all of the robbery and attempted robbery charges, including an attempted robbery of a man who was using an ATM at a Chase Bank in Carlsbad in August, he faces a total of 16 years in prison.
“At all locations he either used a gun, demand note or said he had a gun,” Hauf said.
Nineteen-year-old Buckley walked into the Encinitas pharmacy on Nov. 26 at 8:30 p.m. wearing a hoodie that partially covered his face and told pharmacy employees they were being robbed, according to Sgt. William Dreyer, of the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.
He demanded OxyContin, and with one of his hands in his sweatshirt pocket he simulated that he had a gun, according to the sheriff’s department.
But deputies quickly responded to the 911 call made by at least one store employee, and surrounded the store with patrol units and arrested Buckley without incident.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse, or NIDA, reports that the resale of the addictive opiate pill OxyContin is lucrative on the black market.
The popular pill is worth $1 a milligram on the street, which calculates to $80 for each 80 mg pill, according to NIDA.