Two arrested in connection with armed robbery of Rite Aid store

Two arrested in connection with armed robbery of Rite Aid store

This is a press release courtesy of the Salem Police Department

Salem Police have arrested two suspects in the armed robbery of a Rite Aid Store in Salem on the afternoon of May 11, 2009.

The robbery was initially reported at 4:42 p.m. on May 11 when a male suspect entered the Rite Aid Store at 681 Lancaster Dr NE, walked directly to the pharmacy counter, jumped over the counter and held a large knife to the pharmacy worker's throat.  The suspect demanded prescription narcotics, was given approximately 1,200 Oxycontin pills, then fled out the front door of the business.  The suspect was seen leaving the business parking lot shortly thereafter in a faded red Toyota Tercel with another male operating the vehicle.

At about 7:30 p.m. on May 11, Salem Police Officer Brandon Folkert spotted the red Toyota Tercel near the intersection of Lancaster Dr SE and Rickey St SE.  The vehicle was stopped and 23-year old Sean Savage was found to be the driver.   Also found in the vehicle at the time of the stop was a knife matching the description of the knife that was used in the robbery.  Based on information obtained at the time of the stop of the vehicle, officers responded to 3706 Amber Dr SE.

Once at the residence on Amber Dr, officers located 23-year old Eric Lane hiding in an upstairs bathroom.  He was detained on an unrelated assault warrant out of Columbia County and was later interviewed by detectives and charged with Robbery in the First Degree, Menacing and Unlawful use of a Weapon.
Investigators were also able to determine that Sean Savage was the driver of the red Toyota Tercel that Lane used to escape after the robbery.  Savage was also arrested and charged with Robbery in the First Degree.

As detectives continued to follow up on the incident, they were able to determine where suspect Eric Lane had hidden the narcotics that he got in the robbery.  They later recovered nineteen bottles of Oxcycontin, containing 1222 pills with a street value of approximately $12,200.

Both suspects were transported to the Marion County Jail on the listed charges.