Man Used "Poison"-Filled Syringe to Rob Pharmacy

Took off with over 400 narcotic pills

By Matt Bartosik
|  Monday, Sep 6, 2010  |  Updated 8:09 AM CDT
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A Bolingbrook man allegedly attempted to rob a pharmacy with a unique weapon. And no, it wasn't a revolver, a knife, or a candlestick.

Terry Lee Cornwell, 41, used a syringe that he claimed was full of poison to threaten a pharmacist at Walgreens, police said.

During the Wednesday attack, Cornwell demanded oxycodone, morphine, and hydrocodone, all of which are narcotic prescription pain killers, reports Trib Local.

The alleged thief made off with more than 400 pills.

That's one heck of a to-go order.

Cornwell was later identified and arrested at his home. Police reported that the syringe was only filled with water.

Cornwell, who pleaded guilty in 1996 to aggravated attempted robbery, is charged with two counts of robbery and possession of a controlled substance and is due in court September 24, according to Trib Local.

Matt Bartosik is a Chicago native and a social media sovereign.

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