Pharmacy robbery suspect appears in court

LISBON — The Indianapolis man believed to be one of the men responsible for an armed robbery of a pharmacy in Calcutta last fall was in Columbiana County Common Pleas Court Thursday for the video arraignments.

Tyrez L. Boyd, 24, was served a secret indictment this week for charges of aggravated robbery and three counts of abduction. The indictment was issued by the grand jury in February.

On Sept. 27, 2017, Boyd and another man are accused of entering the Buckeye Pharmacy on state Route 170 brandishing a handgun and restraining three employees — Bridget Bajek, Leah Kelly and Deanna Dutch.

According to reports at the time, the men ordered two employees to the floor, ordered the pharmacist to open a locked box containing opiates, removed several bottles of drugs and took money from the register. The three women’s hands were then tied with zip ties and they were sent into the restroom before the men fled the store.

Police reported the women were not injured, but were traumatized by what happened.

The robbers then ran to a dark-colored Chevy Impala with tinted windows that was waiting parked behind the McDonald’s before someone drove it toward the pharmacy as the two men ran out the door.

Boyd’s bond remains set at $100,000 cash or surety.

He appeared in custody and was on loan from Clark County where he is reportedly also facing charges in a similar pharmacy robbery in December where the employees at a Springfield store were tied up and locked in a bathroom while he and another man were stealing drugs.