ROBBERY AT WEST READING DRUG STORE
DEFENDANT: Kirk J. Mullen (36 years old)
109 Brookline Plaza
West Reading, Pennsylvania 19611
CHARGES: Robbery, Theft by Extortion, Terroristic Threats, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession with Intent to Deliver
DETAILS OF INCIDENT:
On Friday, September 11, 2020, the Shillington Police Department was dispatched for a report of a threatening note left at The Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy, 101 West Lancaster Avenue, Berks County, Pennsylvania 19607.
The owner reported that a hand-written note was taped to the front door of the pharmacy. He discovered the note when he arrived for work that morning. The content of the hand-written note threatened the safety of the owner and his family, if he did not comply with the demands contained therein. The note demanded that the owner bring a large quantity of controlled substances to a church parking lot, located in the 300 block of Kenhorst Blvd, Reading, at 6:30 pm on that date.
On Friday, September 11, 2020, this investigation was turned over to the Berks County Detective’s Office who assumed the lead investigative role.
Based on information received, Berks County Detectives conducted an undercover investigation wherein they purported themselves to be couriers for the pharmacy.
At approximately 6:15 pm on that date, the defendant met with the undercover officer on the church parking lot. During the meeting, the undercover officer handed the defendant a garbage bag containing purported controlled substances that were previously demanded in the threatening note. Immediately after taking possession of this bag, the defendant was taken into custody by members of the Berks County Detectives and the Reading Police Department. The suspect was identified as Kirk Mullen.
Detectives transported Mullen to their office, where he gave an admission to writing the threatening note, taping it to the front door of the Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy, and to arriving at the meet spot with the intention of taking possession of the controlled substances. Mullen blamed his actions on his addiction to prescription drugs.
Mullen was later preliminarily arraigned before Magisterial District Judge David Yoch. Bail was set at $100,000 and he was committed to Berks County Jail.
It should be noted that Mullen was arrested in March 2019 for Robbery and related charges of the West Reading Drug Store. He plead guilty to Robbery and was later sentenced on September 12, 2019 to 9 to 23 months in Berks County Jail, followed by 8 years of probation.
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