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May 13, 2013

UPDATE: Athens police name suspect foiled by armed pharmacist



Waiting to rob

Surveillance video showed the suspect was standing outside the pharmacy even before it opened Monday morning. The tape showed the man had repeatedly checked the door to see if the business had opened.

When asked if gun-toting pharmacists was the norm in Athens, Johnson said he could not speculate.

“You can never be too careful,” he said. “You never know who’s going to walk in.”

Milby has been carrying a concealed weapon for several years now, mainly to put the employees at ease, he said. Though he has handled guns since he was a boy and practices firing his pistol at the shooting range.

“It gives me comfort and, although I’ve never asked them, I think it gives the employees comfort,” he said.

A quiet pharmacy

Milby has seen only one other robbery attempt in his 20 years as a pharmacist. The last attempt occurred about eight months ago when a man walked into Jiffy, handed a note requesting all of the oxycontin to a clerk, who handed it to another clerk, who handed it to Milby. Because the would-be robber did not have a gun and was not near the counter, Milby picked up the telephone as if to call police and the man ran out.

“You think about it when you come to work when you put a gun on but you don’t think you will have to use it,” he said, noting that he was still a little scared after the morning incident.

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