|Gering man charged in pharmacy robberies|
|June 04, 2015 Jerry Purvis|
Twenty-five-year-old Gering resident Richard Trapp has been charged with two counts of robbery, two counts of use of a firearm to commit a felony and three counts of possession of a controlled substance in two robberies at the Scottsbluff Walgreen’s store on Oct. 10, 2014 and Feb. 4, 2015.
Additionally, the Torrington, Wyo. Police Department has charged Trapp with felony aggravated robbery in connection to the May 27 robbery at the Shopko Pharmacy in that town. He was also a suspect in similar robberies in Alliance and Sterling, Colo.
Gering Police made contact with Trapp last week at his home on A Street. Authorities briefly spoke with Trapp at his front door, but he slammed the door and retreated into the house.
Trapp eventually allowed an investigator to enter the house and speak with him. He was arrested after authorities observed Trapp arming himself with a handgun.
While the arresting officers were waiting for a search warrant, Trapp appeared to be experiencing medical issues and was transported to Regional West Medical Center.
During an interview with Scottsbluff Police, Trapp admitted to using a handgun to rob the Scottsbluff Walgreen’s on two occasions. He also admitted to the robberies at the Alliance Shopko and Sterling Walmart pharmacies.
An additional search warrant was issued on Trapp’s home, where Fentanyl patches and Vicodin tablets were found. Also, more than 1,000 oxycodone pills were found that had been stolen from the Torrington Shopko.
Trapp had first court appearance Monday before Judge James Worden in Scotts Bluff County Court. Bond was set at one million dollars with a 10 percent cash provision.