Suspect Responsible for Multiple Oxycontin Robberies Arrested In Mesa

April 23, 2009

photo of suspect Carlos KrakoffOn Tuesday, the Mesa Police Department arrested 34-year-old Carlos Steven Krakoff (pictured) after he committed a robbery at the Walgreens store located at Higley and Southern in Mesa. At approximately 4:20 p.m., Krakoff entered the Walgreens, approached the pharmacy counter and demanded Oxycontin and Xanax. He was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, sunglasses, latex gloves and a surgical mask. After demanding the drugs, he instructed the pharmacy technician that she had 10 seconds to comply and began counting down from 10. While waiting for the prescription drugs, he stood with his hands deep in his pockets. Fearing that Krakoff may have a weapon, the pharmacist gave him several pill bottles of medication.

Krakoff then ran from the pharmacy counter, attempting to flee from the store. While this was occurring, an alert store employee notified the store manager. They were able to apprehend Krakoff outside the store and detain him until police arrived. The suspect and method of this robbery matched the description of five previous Oxycontin robberies throughout east Mesa. Krakoff was also driving a blue Volvo, which was described by witnesses in two of those prior robberies.

During the investigation, Krakoff admitted to detectives that he committed six robberies at several CVS and Walgreens pharmacies. This robbery series began in July 2008. During several of the robberies, Krakoff pointed a handgun at the victims at the pharmacy counters while demanding Oxycontin and Xanax. He stated that he has an addiction to the prescription drugs and has been selling some of the stolen medications. Investigators executed a search warrant at Krakoff's home where they located several items of evidence in this case, including a 9mm handgun.



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