PLATTSBURGH — On July 10, 2012 at approximately 2:30 p.m., Plattsburgh Police Officers responded to a reported robbery at Walgreens Pharmacy located at 301 Cornelia Street, Plattsburgh. The suspect was described as a tall, thin white male in his twenties with short hair, wearing jeans, a hooded sweatshirt, a baseball hat and sunglasses. The robber threatened the use of a knife and demanded OxyContin.
The suspect fled west on Cornelia Street with over 1100 OxyContin and Oxycodone pills. A manhunt ensued with assistance from New York State Police, Clinton County Sheriffs Department, SUNY Police, US Customs and Border Protection Airwing, DEA and subsequently the Burlington, South Burlington, Colchester and Essex Police Departments in Vermont.
Plattsburgh PD Detectives investigating the case collected evidence at the scene as well as at the LCT Ferry Dock on Cumberland Head identifying the John Doe suspect’s DNA profile. Additionally, video evidence identified the make model and color of the suspect’s vehicle which, along with the pharmacy surveillance video footage, were utilized to create a Champlain Valley CrimeStoppers video which was aired in 2012 and early 2013. Detectives have followed up on numerous leads over the past two years but all have reached a dead end.
Recently, the CrimeStoppers footage was re-aired and developed a lead. Plattsburgh Detectives, worked the lead and developed a suspect, Donald R. Wyrick III, 30yrs, formerly of Colchester, VT. This morning, Plattsburgh PD Detectives, working with the US Marshals Service took Warick into custody in Wilmington, Delware where he was interviewed and subsequently arrested for committing the Walgreens Robbery. He was arraigned as a fugitive from justice, waived extradition, and is currently enroute to Plattsburgh with the Detectives. He will be arraigned in Plattsburgh City Court this evening or tomorrow morning on a charge of Robbery 1st Degree, a Class B Felony.