An Easton man who wasn’t home when police came looking for him earlier this month is now is custody and charged with the gunpoint robbery of a Wal-Mart pharmacy in which he allegedly got away with the painkiller Fentanyl and another drug.
A criminal complaint against the suspect, Gregory Paul Dalrymple, reveals that the day before the Aug. 6 robbery at the Wal-Mart in Lower Nazareth Township, Dalrymple’s wife was at the same pharmacy attempting to fill a prescription in his name for Fentanyl.
A pharmacist denied the attempt because a check of Wal-Mart’s computer system showed that Dalrymple had been filling multiple Fentanyl prescriptions “at many different” Wal-Mart pharmacies, the complaint says.
The complaint also says the suspect’s wife, Lindsey Dalrymple, arrived at the Northampton Crossings shopping center -- which Wal-Mart co-anchors -- in a gold sedan, the same kind of car in which Dalrymple allegedly escaped after the robbery. The complaint says nothing about charges against the wife.
Dalrymple, 29, of 18 N. 11th St., was arraigned Wednesday by District Judge Jackie Taschner of Palmer Township and committed to Northampton County Prison in lieu of $150,000 bail.
According to a press release, Dalrymple surrendered Aug. 22 at Colonial Regional Police headquarters. He was accompanied by his attorney, Steven Mills.
The criminal complaint, filed by Det. Michael J. Munch of Colonial Regional Police, provides the following details of the robbery:
- Dalrymple allegedly walked behind the Wal-Mart counter around 8:25 p.m. Aug. 6, a Monday, brandishing a black handgun -- a Glock .357 registered to his wife. He was wearing a white T-shirt, blue sweat jacket, Yankees cap, blue jeans and a red bandanna over his mouth and throat.
- He pointed the handgun at the pharmacist and demanded the pharmacist “quickly” put Fentanyl in a bag. The pharmacist “quickly” put two boxes of Fentanyl patches and 11 bottles containing 1,009 tablets of the painkiller Oxycodone in the bag. Elsewhere in the complaint, it states the pharmacist placed three boxes of Fentanyl patches in the bag.
- Dalrymple ran out of the store and got into the passenger side of a gold sedan waiting in the parking lot. The complaint does not identify the driver. But it says Lindsey Dalrymple arrived at the Wal-Mart Aug. 5 in a gold sedan. And it says Gregory Dalrymple’s grandmother, Nancy Bisher of Easton, is the owner of a gold 2006 Chevy Cobalt sedan.
- On Aug. 8, two days after the robbery and a day after police got a tip that Dalrymple was the alleged robber, the Wal-Mart pharmacist picked out Dalrymple from a photo lineup and said he was the robber.
On Aug. 9, Colonial Regional Police -- with assistance from Easton police -- raided Dalrymple’s home, but he wasn’t there.
Dalrymple was charged with robbery, simple assault, possessing instruments of crime, retail theft and receiving stolen property.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opiate analgesic similar to but more potent than morphine. It is typically used to treat patients with severe pain or to manage pain after surgery.
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