Man accused of robbing pharmacies
COVINGTON - A man wanted for robbing two Walgreens stores in St. Tammany Parish over the weekend was arrested due to the combined efforts of detectives from the parish sheriff's office and Covington Police Department.
Authorities arrested 43-year-old Michael Williams of Covington Tuesday night and booked him into the St. Tammany Parish Jail on two counts of simple robbery.
Investigators said Williams entered a Walgreens in Abita Springs on the evening of June 28, and grabbed an undisclosed amount of cash from the register when the cashier opened it to give change to a customer. Witnesses reported a brief struggle before Williams ran from the store and made off with the money.
The robber struck again around 2 a.m. the next morning when he entered a Walgreens in Covington, pretended to buy a pack of gum and grabbed another handful of cash from the register as it opened.
St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Jack Strain attributed the arrest to "good old fashioned police work" and detectives who "left no stone unturned".