Police: CVS employees tackle robber

Employees of the CVS Pharmacy on Southland Drive tackled and held a man who robbed the store of drugs just after 6:30 p.m. Thursday, according to Lexington police.

James E. Collins, a resident of St. Andrews House, a halfway house on South Broadway, was charged with robbery, Lt. Scott Blakely said.

Collins approached the pharmacy counter with a note and demanded Oxycontin, which is a painkiller, and another drug, Blakely said. Collins implied he had a weapon, the officer said.

The pharmacist became frustrated as he removed the drugs from the store's safe, and he threw them on the floor; Collins picked up some of the drugs and headed for the front door, but employees tackled him before he could get away, Blakely said. No one was injured.

An arson investigator, who happened to be in the area at the time of the robbery, arrived at the pharmacy ahead of police and secured the scene.

Blakely said trying to subdue a robber is something that authorities don't encourage.

"He didn't have a firearm. If he had had a firearm, it could have ended very tragically," he said.

Collins was lodged in the Fayette County Detention Center.