Tacony man gets long sentence in string of drug store robberies

A Ta­cony man has been sen­tenced to 25 years in fed­er­al pris­on for the armed rob­ber­ies of at least 19 phar­ma­cies dur­ing an 11-month crime spree, in­clud­ing 15 heists in the North­east.

From Decem­ber 2011 through Novem­ber 2012, Wil­li­am Webb, 51, of the 6700 block of Tor­res­dale Ave., and an ac­com­plice tar­geted chain loc­a­tions such as Rite Aid and CVS, along with nu­mer­ous in­de­pend­ents in­clud­ing Holmes­burg Phar­macy, Circle Phar­macy, Stan­wood Phar­macy and Somer­ton Phar­macy.

Webb was usu­ally the get­away driver while Ed­ward Schaef­fer, 30, ad­dress un­known, was the hold-up man, ac­cord­ing to the U.S. At­tor­ney’s Of­fice. Schaef­fer gen­er­ally wore a mask and gloves, while us­ing a stolen .22-caliber re­volver to de­mand cash and pre­scrip­tion meds from em­ploy­ees.

Po­lice ar­res­ted the duo last Nov. 12 at Webb’s home soon after the crooks had held up the Rite Aid at 8130 Roosevelt Blvd. 

Webb pleaded guilty to con­spir­acy, rob­bery and us­ing a fire­arm in a crime of vi­ol­ence on Ju­ly 24. Schaef­fer pleaded guilty on Sept. 12 and will be sen­tenced on Dec. 5.

U.S. Dis­trict Judge John R. Padova ordered Webb to pay $65,270.15 resti­tu­tion in ad­di­tion to serving 25 years in pris­on. ••

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