Pharmacy employees and a customer stop alleged robber

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Some brave employees and a customer jumped in and stopped an alleged robber trying to steal prescription drugs from a local pharmacy.

Louisville Metro Police arrested Clinton Schmidt around 9:15 p.m. Monday. According to Sgt. Jamey Schwab, Schmidt walked into the CVS Pharmacy in the 2400 block of Bardstown Road covered up with a bandana and wearing a heavy coat. Schwab said Schmidt walked to the back of the store and straight to the pharmacy.

"Jumped the counter acted like he was supposed to be there and that's what more or less threw the employees off," said Schwab. "He was just casual in his whole situation."

Schwab said Schmidt started to go through prescription drugs in pickup bins and ended up grabbing a narcotic used to control seizures and panic attacks. CVS employees and a customer didn't stand by. They jumped in and got hold of Schmidt and held him down until police arrived.

"They are brave, but obviously we wouldn't recommend to handle the situation this way," said Schwab. "In this case Mr. Schmidt wasn't armed, but if he had been armed it could have been very bad."

Metro Police charged Schmidt with robbery second degree. He is being held at Louisville Metro Corrections on a $2,500 bond.

The whole incident was caught on surveillance video, but police and CVS officials wouldn't release it to WAVE 3 because of the open investigation.

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