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Knox County police arrest alleged OxyContin, Walgreen’s bandit
Bandit nabbed fleeing Lovell Road Walgreen’s

Officers with the Knox County Sheriff’s Department arrested a man who allegedly has robbed at least eight drug stores in the city and county since November (see police-reports this issue).

KCSD spokesperson Martha Dooley said, “Officers nabbed 41-year-old Nicholas Allen Chessher outside the Walgreen’s at 10701 Kingston Pike shortly before 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 21, immediately after he had robbed the pharmacy of OxyContin and hydro-codone.”

Dooley said Chessher is suspected of robbing two CVS pharmacies in the city on Northshore, and one CVS and five Walgreen’s in the county.

Three of the five Walgreen’s are in Farragut at Smith, Campbell Station and Lovell roads.

After the first three robberies, KCSD officers detected a pattern and staked out different locations. As a result they caught him as he exited the Walgreen's Tuesday morning. He has been charged with aggravated robbery with a bond of $50,000 dollars. Other aggravated robbery charges are pending.

Chessher wore the same hat, jacket and sunglasses in every robbery. He also would get a basket at the front of the store to take to the pharmacy where he would show a gun and demand hydrocodone and OxyContin, place the drugs in the basket and escape through a back door. When he was apprehended, officers found a toy gun in his possession.

Chessher has a criminal history involving drug charges and theft.


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