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Robber nets hundreds of pain pills in porch-side robbery

Robber nets hundreds of pain pills in porch-side robbery

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OGDEN -- Police in Ogden are looking for a man involved in a bizarre home robbery that yielded 280 prescription pain pills.

It happened Wednesday just before 6 p.m. in the 2500 block of Adams Avenue.

Investigators say the robber first approached a man who was sitting with his mother on the porch and asked him if his name was James. When he replied "no," the robber then asked him if his name was Van. When he said that it was, officers say the robber pulled out a gun and asked the man to hand over his pain pills.

Lt. Scott Sangberg says the man on the porch was slow to respond, so the robber fired a shot into the ground. The man and his mom were wounded by flying concrete from the bullet strike, and he handed over his prescription pain pills.

"[Those] consisted of 140 pills of OxyContin and 140 pills of oxycodone," Sangberg said.

Sangberg says officers believed the pills were possessed legally by the homeowner, but they would have high value on the street.

The suspect is described as 5 feet 6 inches to 5 feet 9 inches tall with blonde, short, spiky hair. Officers say he was scruffy and was wearing a gray shirt and khaki shorts.


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