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Police: Robbery Was Staged

***UPDATE 7:18 P.M.***(AP) – A woman who reported being robbed outside a central Missouri pharmacy is now accused of taking part in a scheme to obtain and sell prescription painkillers.Columbia police responded to the report from the 47-year-old woman around 8:30 a.m. Monday. Officers followed tips from witnesses and took 29-year-old Cole Thomas of Columbia into custody.Police talked to the woman and say she seemed to know the holdup man. Investigators concluded the two staged the robbery so that after getting her painkiller prescription filled, the woman could get replacement medication the pair would then sell.Both were arrested on suspicion of filing a false police report and other charges.***ORIGINAL STORY***One suspect was apprehended after trying to steal a woman’s purse outside of Walgreen’s in Columbia.Police were called to the scene just before 8:30 a.m. Monday. Officers tell us a woman was robbed in the parking lot of Walgreen’s on Broadway. She was approached by the suspect who grabbed her purse and took off running. The suspect ran west on Broadway. A witness saw and chased the suspect down Broadway and told him to drop the purse, the suspect did and police took him into custody a short time later.The suspect’s name has not been released at this time.

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