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Teen charged with robbing several pharmacies



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SALT LAKE COUNTY -- Prosecutors have charged a teenager as an adult for his alleged involvement in several pharmacy robberies. Kenyon Fletcher,17, was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail Thursday afternoon.

Police say the teen was involved in three armed robberies that happened in May; two of them at the Rite Aid on 2378 E. Fort Union Blvd in Cottonwood Heights, and one at the Rite Aid on 635 E. 3300 South in South Salt Lake.

An arrest warrant was issued Wednesday after prosecutors charged Fletcher with three counts of aggravated robbery, which are first-degree felonies.

Rite Aid at 2378 E. Fort Union Blvd in Cottonwood Heights was robbed on May 11 and May 16, 2009.
Rite Aid at 2378 E. Fort Union Blvd in Cottonwood Heights was robbed on May 11 and May 16, 2009.

Police say Fletcher worked with six people, including a family suspected of robbing Rite Aid pharmacies throughout the Valley. Federal agents indicted those people last month. Police in Cottonwood Heights say Fletcher acted as the gunman or getaway driver in those robberies.

Cottonwood Heights police spokesman Beau Babka said, "These crimes were horribly aggravated. They would go in and put guns to people's heads, they would show the guns, they would ask for OxyContin."

Charging documents say the robbers would threaten to kill the workers if they didn't give them OxyContin.

Police say Fletcher was considered armed and dangerous, and they're glad he's off the streets.

Prosecutors charged Fletcher as an adult because he's over 16, accused of a felony and has previously been in custody.

The pharmacy on 2300 East and Fort Union, and the one in South Salt Lake have been targeted again this month, but police don't think the same people are behind them.

E-mail: syi@ksl.com

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