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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The following was sent to the WWAY Newsroom Saturday from the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office:

23 year old Alan Ryan Benson has been arrested by the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office for robbing the Walgreens on Carolina Beach Rd. Benson is currently in the New Hanover County Detention Facility under a $100,000 secure bond. His charges include:
Possession drug paraphernalia, Robbery w/ dangerous weapon, Maintaining Vehicle/Dwelling for Drugs, Possession Stolen Goods


The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office says that a man entered the Walgreens at 5900 Carolina Beach Rd shortly after 6:00 pm this evening and demanded drugs. The man approached the pharmacist, handing the pharmacist a note stating that he had a weapon and demanded the drugs.

The man is described as a white male with a plaid coat and no front teeth. He left the Walgreens on foot in an unknown direction of travel. Anyone having any information should call the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office Detective Division 910-798-4161.

Additional information will be released as the investigation continues.

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  • Commonsensenotcommontoday

    If you won’t take the option of installing remotely fired spearguns or trap doors over shark tanks, at LEAST demand that they SHOW you the weapon. I’ll bet you that ninety percent of these loser “note passers” have no weapon at all.

    My favorite armed robbery story is about forty years old, the one about the guy who walked into a store with a Marksman BB pistol and announced a holdup. The store owner drew his own weapon and shot the guy twice. As he lie there dying, he kept sobbing, “It was just a BB gun…it was just a BB gun.”

    Poor planning on his part, but we can all appreciate a happy ending.

  • Das Weibstück

    I dont think the pharmacy assistants make enough money to risk it. This guy is just another loser. What they should do is keep a bottle of cyanide pills labeled Xanax handy to give the robbers. Sounds like a better idea, get rid of them fast so we dont have to waste tax dollars housing their bum a$$.

  • Guest

    So it should be Walgreen’s policy to ask to see a weapon before handing over any pills? That is absurd. Why not take the suspect’s word for it? I hope no pharmacist is a stupid enough to try your loss prevention tactics. If so, prepare to start seeing more armed robbery / homicide news stories.

    You also suggest that 90% of the “loser note passers” don’t have a weapon; therefore, I have to assume you think 10% are armed. If you ever get held up or robbed, I hope your assailant doesn’t fall in the 10% category, because then you’d be dead and robbed. I’d rather be short some pills and go home, hadn’t you?

    I think it is best to give these substance abusers what they want, call 911 as quickly as possible, and let the Sheriff’s Office handle the rest, just as they did quit well and efficiently in this case. Pharmiscists aren’t cops, and should not be asked to play a law enforcement role in order to prevent a monetary loss.

  • Phillyguy

    Instead of drugs, the poor Chap should grabbed a pair of dentures instead!..lol

  • guesty

    Good Job! Another thug off the streets. It keeps getting better everyday. Either lock them up or let them kill each other.

  • Commonsensenotcommontoday

    Okay Albert, let me ask you about this line from my post: “If you won’t take the option of installing remotely fired spearguns or trap doors over shark tanks….”

    Do you think I was out to impress everyone with my serious take on this situation?

    But, since you want to have a serious discussion, fine….

    …I read a story yesterday about a Wells Fargo teller who had the “backbone” to ask a bank robber for two forms of ID, claiming that she could not release the money without seeing his ID. You guessed it, the robber really WAS stupid enough to give her his ID, and was arrested within hours.

    That bank teller evidently understood the concept of “better to die on your feet than live on your knees.” She probably got fired for it.

    As long as corporate America fears lawsuits more than they do criminals, we’ll have our priorities a bit skewed toward the spineless side. Walgreens doesn’t prohibit their employees from being armed for fear they’ll get hurt. They do it, like every other corporation, because they fear being sued. They fear the NOK of this toothless, inbred, hillbilly filing suit because of their pain and loss had pharmacist blow him to kingdom come.

    BTW, I’ve been face to face with violent criminals on more than one occasion, and always came out on top. Attitude and immediately sizing up the situation is everything in life….oh….and not having an employer who tells you that you can’t defend your life. Because you can cooperate 100% and the bad guys occasionally kill you anyway….so don’t even give them a call or a chance.


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