Police: Man Robs Pharmacy, Calls 911 On Himself

February 27, 2019 GMT

WILKES-BARRE — A city man robbed a downtown pharmacy at knife-point Tuesday night and then called 911 to report the crime, according to police.

Ryan Coffay, 24, is accused of pulling a knife during a robbery of the Rite Aid at 155 E. Northampton St. around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday.

According to the complaint, Coffay entered the store and approached the cash register with some merchandise. He handed the clerk money and she opened the cash register, at which point Coffay said, “Give me the money,” according to the complaint.

The clerk looked at him in shock and saw a knife in his hands, police said. Coffay repeated his demand and then lunged across the counter to grab the cash, according to the complaint.

The clerk was not injured, police said.

Coffay fled the store with $160 stolen from the robbery and then called 911 a short time later from the R/C Wilkes-Barre Movies 14 at 24 E. Northampton St., saying he committed the robbery and wanted to surrender, police said.

Officers found Coffay, who matched the robber’s description, pacing near the theater’s entrance with a folding knife at his feet, according to the complaint.

“It was me,” Coffay allegedly told police.

Police said a search turned up the $160 stolen in the robbery, along with the folding knife and six pills of Suboxone, which is used to treat opiate addiction.

Police charged Coffay with robbery, theft and making terroristic threats. Magisterial District Judge Joseph D. Spagnuolo Jr. arraigned him on the charges Wednesday morning and set bail at $75,000.

Coffay was being held at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility with a preliminary hearing set for March 7.