Suspect arrested in robberies of Fresno pharmacies

FRESNO, California - A Fresno man was arrested in connection to two robberies at local pharmacies, and the attempted robbery of a third, the Fresno Police Department said Friday.

On Monday around 7:30 a.m., a man attempted to break into the rear metal security door of the Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy located at 219 E. Olive Ave., police said.

His image was captured on video.

Later that morning around 11:14 a.m., the same suspect went to the Vista Pharmacy located at 4233 E. Tulare St., police said.

He walked behind the counter and was confronted by the pharmacy technician who told him he wasn’t allowed there and that he needed to leave, police said. The suspect took several bottles of propranolol -- a blood pressure medication -- from the shelves and pushed the technician to the ground causing her to strike her head and sustain major injuries.

The suspect fled and was seen leaving the area in a dark colored vehicle, police said.

Later around 12:44 p.m., the same suspect walked into the Medicine Shoppe at 2484 E. Gettysburg Ave., police said.

He made his way behind the counter and committed another robbery. The suspect had gloves on and was carrying a small pair of scissors in his hand as he asked where the “Norco” was, police said. The suspect located promethazine bottles and took them from the shelf.

Police say the investigation pointed to Irwin Foster, 51, who was taken into custody Thursday.

He was booked on two counts of robbery and one count of attempt burglary.

Irwin Foster is the nephew of former Fresno Deputy Police Chief Keith Foster who is serving a sentence related to drug trafficking charges.

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