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FBI: Jonesboro, Hot Springs CVS robberies connected to Indianapolis gang ring

File photo of the Jonesboro Police Department
Cynthia Barnhill / KASU Graphics Design, Photojournalism Intern
File photo of the Jonesboro Police Department

The CVS Pharmacy robbery in Jonesboro on June 21 may have been connected to a string of gang-related robberies that began in Indiana.

On Tuesday, the Jonesboro Police Department released more details about the robbery.  Two people were held hostage during the robbery.  Witnesses said the suspects were 3 males between 15 and 17 years old and dressed in dark-colored hoodies. 

No injuries were reported, but one of the suspects apparently left behind a Nike Air Force 1 shoe, according to Det. Josh Wiiest.

In the incident report, Sgt. Rodney Smith was contacted by Det. Scott Laminen of the Hot Springs Police Department.  Laminen told Smith that the CVS Pharmacy in Hot Springs was also robbed. Multiple media outlets report the Hot Springs CVS was robbed by 3 men on June 7 looking to steal drugs.

Laminen said he has been in contact with an FBI agent investigating the case.

The FBI believes it to be the work of an Indianapolis gang who is sending members out to CVS stores across multiple states to steal opioids. 

The FBI has requested that Jonesboro Police turn over their evidence and close the case “pending further information or leads.”

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