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Chase, crash leads to arrest in string of pharmacy robberies

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Matthew Williams (Source: LMDC) Matthew Williams (Source: LMDC)
Williams car at the scene of the crash. Williams car at the scene of the crash.
The chase started Thursday after the Walgreens at Shelbyville and Evergreen Roads was robbed and ended in a crash at Cannons Lane and Interstate 64. The chase started Thursday after the Walgreens at Shelbyville and Evergreen Roads was robbed and ended in a crash at Cannons Lane and Interstate 64.
LMPD Sergeant Eric Black LMPD Sergeant Eric Black
Surveillance photos from the November 6 robbery. (Source: LMPD) Surveillance photos from the November 6 robbery. (Source: LMPD)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – A man accused of robbing pharmacies at least eight times in search of pills was taken into custody after a chase.

The chase started Thursday after the Walgreens at Shelbyville and Evergreen Roads was robbed and ended in a crash at Cannons Lane and Interstate 64.

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Luckily no one was injured in the crash, but Louisville Metro police officers did arrest Matthew Williams, 23.  They also found a handgun in his vehicle, though he never showed it to any of the clerks.

Williams is accused of robbing at least five pharmacies since September, some of them more than once.

Police said Williams was the same man caught on camera who robbed a Frankfort Avenue Walgreens on November 6.

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"The motive behind all these robberies was his struggle with drug addiction," LMPD Sergeant Eric Black said. "Pain pill, heroin addiction is a driving force behind a lot of crime."

Arrest reports show Williams' pill of choice as Suboxone, a drug used to reverse the effects of other narcotics.

Pharmacy robberies are not uncommon. According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, there were 33 in Kentucky in 2013, compared to 57 pharmacy hold ups in 2012.

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