Less than two days after investigators say he walked into a downtown pharmacy with two handguns and stole more than 4,000 pills, Saratoga Springs police arrest a 47-year-old suspect. As YNN's Matt Hunter reports, investigators say the theft signals a changing tide in the local drug culture.
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Saratoga Springs Police have made an arrest in connection with the armed robbery of the CVS on Congress Street early Tuesday morning.
"Upon engaging the pharmacist in conversation, Zabore allegedly pulled from his waistband two revolvers, pointed them at the pharmacist and demanded as much OxyContin and hydrocodone the pharmacist could give him," Lieutenant John Catone said Thursday.
Less than 48 hours after Catone says he left the CVS with more than 4,000 pills of hydrocodone, Darin Zabore, 47, of Gansevoort, was taken into custody in Albany Wednesday night.
"You're probably looking at a street value of upwards of $40,000 for that amount of hydrocodone," Catone said.
Zabore faces three charges, including first degree robbery and second degree criminal possession of a weapon.
Investigators weren't able to confirm his identity until releasing surveillance footage to the public Tuesday afternoon.
According to investigators, Zabore drove to Boston with a friend early Wednesday. He had attempted to fly to Florida, with a connecting flight in Albany later in the day, but due to weather, his second flight was cancelled and he got stuck at Albany International Airport, where he was taken into custody.
"The majority of the pills were found in Gansevoort,” said Catone, who added a search warrant was executed at Zabore’s home. “There were some on him with his property in the airport, but again, how many pills total we have, we have not counted them yet."
According to Catone, the department has made close to 30 drug arrests this year, with more and more of them involving prescription medication.
"You didn't have issues with people walking into pharmacies and holding them up for hydrocodone, but now hydrocodone, OxyContin, vicidin are all very, very popular drugs."
"It's something we're having to wrap our heads around and is, in fact, the new normal for this area," Saratoga County District Attorney James Murphy said.
Officers recovered one of the handguns at Zabore's home and located the other inside the rental car his friend used to drive him to Boston. That car was found in Philadelphia. Police have not charged Zabore’s friend and do not believe he had any involvement or knowledge of the weapon being in his car.
Zabore remains in custody with bail set at $100,000.
"It's a case we're going to proceed to the grand jury and look for both a felony indictment and a lengthy prison sentence," Murphy said.
The investigation is ongoing. Catone says investigators have yet to determine if Zabore intended to sell the medication.