Two Arrested in Pharmacy Robbery

Two Arrested in Pharmacy Robbery

Story Published: Feb 16, 2008 at 8:22 PM EST

Story Updated: Feb 16, 2008 at 8:22 PM EST

By Ginger Geoffery

Police arrested 44-year-old Roger Domros of Grand Island Saturday morning and are charging him in connection with an armed robbery at the Island Prescription Center. "We very seldom see someone walk into a pharmacy and literally order up the drugs he wanted," says Dennis Rankin, Chief of Police Services for the Erie County Sheriff's Office. But, that's exactly what Sheriff's officials say Domros did Tuesday morning at the Grand Island Boulevard store.

"It was very scary," says Michael Manuszewski, owner and pharmacist at the Island Prescription Center, "Someone comes in and says they don't care if you live or die and the keeps his hand in his pocket. It's a little nerve-wracking."

Manuszewski says the suspect locked him in the bathroom before taking off with the drugs. "I wasn't really fearful for my life because I was just hoping he wouldn't do anything crazy," says Manuszewski, "Now finding out a little more information about what happened it seems like I probably should have been a little more nervous."

Sheriff's officials say the drugs have a street value in excess of $100,000. They got a break in the case Friday when Buffalo police officers making a routine traffic stop noticed Island Prescription Center bags on the seat in the car they'd stopped. The officers investigated and that led to the arrest of 39-year-old Anthony Bogarozzi of Kenmore. "Bogarozzi is charged with possession of those drugs," says Rankin, "Mr. Domros is charged with robbery and possession of a weapon."

Manuszewski is relieved, and offers some advice for others after his ordeal. "Listen to what they ask you to do and do it to the best of your ability," says Manuszewski, "Don't try to hold back or do anything that might get you hurt."

Police say they've recovered most of the stolen drugs.