Here’s something I haven’t seen before.
A 19-year-old Lowell man, Joshua Brand, is being held on a single count of armed robbery after police say he passed a note at the CVS pharmacy at 1815 Middlesex Street this morning at 12:15 a.m., and demanded bottles of the ADHD drug Adderall.
Police say the note suggested Brand had a gun, and that he escaped the store with six bottles of the prescription drug, which has grown in popularity in recent years as many students use it, often without a prescription, to aid their studies.
Police were called to the store for a report of a robbery in progress at 12:15 a.m., and officers were warned that the suspect was potentially armed.
The suspect was described as a white male, in his 20’s, in a black sweatshirt.
Police say Officers Timothy Whalen and Jason Gatto spotted a man fitting that description on Middlesex Street as they sped toward the store, and stopped him with help from a UMass Lowell police officer.
Police say they found six bottles of Adderall and a note still in the man’s pocket.
The suspect was identified as Brand, according to police.
Brand was still being held as I type this. He will be arraigned Monday in Lowell District Court.
I surveyed some folks on Facebook and Twitter since this is a very popular prescription drug these days, and it appears individual pills of Adderall can sell for $10 to $15. The Wikipedia entry on Adderall, that I linked to above, says pills can sell for anywhere from $5 to $25, depending on the time of year. (I’m sure the price goes up during finals week, etc).