DULUTH, Ga. - An armed robber is under arrest after allegedly robbing a local store of a powerful medication with what turned out to be a BB gun.
The suspect is identified as 61-year-old Richard South of Duluth.
It happened on Sept. 18 at the Walgreens Pharmacy at 2705 Buford Highway in Duluth. That's where, according to police, South robbed the store of a bottle of Xanax while armed with a handgun.
South reportedly took off from the scene in a white 1996 Ford Bronco but wasn't on the road for long thanks to information received earlier which was shared with surrounding police departments.
Minutes after the call came in, officials with the Suwanee Police Department and Georgia State Patrol located the getaway vehicle and the suspect. Officers also found a bottle of Xanax and learned that the gun used in the crime was less threatening than it seemed - only a BB gun.
Authorities say that South is facing several charges including armed robbery and possession of a firearm during commission of or attempt to commit a felony.
According to Gwinnett County records South has a long criminal history dating back to the 90's. His arrests include shoplifting, driving on a suspended license, hit and run, battery, cruelty to children, DUI, forgery, among others.
Xanax is the commercial name for the drug alprazolam which, according to WebMD.com, is a controlled substance used to treat anxiety and panic disorders.