Federal charges added against two serial pharmacy suspects

Fed­er­al au­thor­it­ies have filed new crim­in­al charges against North­east Phil­adelphia’s two ac­cused seri­al phar­macy rob­bers.

The Bur­eau of Al­co­hol, To­bacco, Fire­arms and Ex­plos­ives ar­res­ted Ed­ward Schaef­fer and Wil­li­am Webb on Nov. 20 for rob­bery and fire­arms vi­ol­a­tions.

The new charges against Schaef­fer, 29, whose home ad­dress was not dis­closed, stem from the armed rob­bery of a Rite Aid in Glen­olden, Pa., on Sept. 4. Dur­ing the crime, he threatened an em­ploy­ee with a hand­gun and stole pre­scrip­tion drugs, the ATF said.

An af­fi­davit pre­pared by the ATF states that Schaef­fer ad­mit­ted to the Sept. 4 heist when ques­tioned by fed­er­al agents fol­low­ing his Nov. 12 ar­rest by Phil­adelphia po­lice. Schaef­fer fur­ther ad­mit­ted to in­volve­ment in three oth­er phar­macy rob­ber­ies in the city and claimed that Wil­li­am A. Webb, 50, of the 6700 block of Tor­res­dale Ave., served as a get­away driver dur­ing the rob­ber­ies.

In a sep­ar­ate in­ter­rog­a­tion by ATF agents, Webb al­legedly ad­mit­ted to serving as Schaef­fer’s get­away driver for a Nov. 12 armed rob­bery of a Rite Aid at 8130 Roosevelt Blvd. After that heist, the sus­pects al­legedly drove to Webb’s home, where po­lice ar­res­ted them.

Ad­di­tion­ally, the Phil­adelphia dis­trict at­tor­ney has charged Schaef­fer and Webb each with 16 counts of rob­bery and re­lated of­fenses for crimes dat­ing back to last Decem­ber, most of which oc­curred in the North­east. A pre­lim­in­ary hear­ing was post­poned on Wed­nes­day as the pro­sec­utor was an­ti­cip­at­ing fed­er­al au­thor­it­ies to ad­opt the case. ••

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