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PCSO News Release

Media Contact:
Eleazer, Carrie

Public Information Officer 
News Date: 7/31/2014 

 CVS Pharmacy Robbery Suspect Arrested 


On Wednesday, July 30, 2014, PCSO deputies positively identified and arrested 56-year-old Johnny Couch of 1034 Helena Lane in Lakeland and charged him with two counts Robbery (one Armed, one Unarmed) just a short time after he committed a second robbery at the same CVS pharmacy.

According to his affidavits, the first robbery occurred around 3:25 a.m. on Friday, July 4, 2014. An unidentified white male suspect wearing a boonie-style hat walked up to the pharmacist at the CVS located at 5010 South Florida Avenue in Lakeland, and handed the pharmacist a note listing the specific prescription drugs he wanted - also written on it were the phrases "this is a robbery" and "I have a gun." After the robbery, the suspect fled the scene in an unknown direction.

Around 3:05 a.m. on Wednesday, July 30, 2014, the same suspect walked into the same CVS, wearing the same boonie-style hat, and handed a note to the same pharmacist (who recognized him), demanding prescription drugs and telling her that nobody would be shot if she complied. He complimented the pharmacist on her cooperation on the first robbery, acknowledging that he was the same suspect. After the robbery, witnesses saw the suspect flee in an older-model black convertible Porsche.

PCSO deputies conducted an extensive investigation with the suspect vehicle information, and around 12:30 p.m. that day located a Porsche matching that description parked at the aforementioned residence, where Johnny Couch lives. Couch admitted to committing both of the robberies. He was also positively identified by the victim as the robbery suspect. He was placed under arrest without incident and booked into the Polk County Jail. He is being held under no bond until a first appearance hearing today.