Columbia couple charged with attempting to illegaly obtain, sell prescription medication

Monday, November 5, 2012 | 6:49 p.m. CST; updated 11:17 p.m. CST, Monday, November 5, 2012

COLUMBIA — A Columbia couple was arrested Monday morning for conspiring to obtain and sell prescription drug medication, Columbia police said.

A woman called police at approximately 8:23 a.m. Monday morning to report that her purse had been stolen by a man wearing a stocking cap and mask in the parking lot of the Walgreens Pharmacy at 222 E. Broadway, according to a news release.

Several witnesses called Columbia Public Safety Joint Communications soon after and reported seeing the suspect behind another building on East Broadway, according to the release. A nearby Boone County Sheriff's Department deputy apprehended the suspect and brought him into custody.

While in custody, Columbia police officers established a connection between the suspect and victim. After interviewing the victim, officers gathered that the robbery was staged in order for the pair to obtain more prescription drugs.

Under their plan, the suspect was to rob the victim in the parking lot, after which she would file a police report and refill her prescription.

The pair admitted to that plan and told police officers that they were intending to sell the prescription medication.

Officers arrested Sylvia Lewis on charges of filing a false police report and distribution of a controlled substance within 2,000 feet of a school. Cole Thomas was arrested on charges of filing a false police report, felony possession of a controlled substance, and a municipal warrant for stealing.

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