Woman Confesses To Robbing A Local Pharmacy

By: Dara Rees Email
By: Dara Rees Email

A woman is now in the Kentucky River Regional Jail after confessing to an attempted robbery.

It happened at the Complete Care Pharmacy on Morton Boulevard in Perry County Monday afternoon. Hazard police arrested 31-year old Elizabeth Gail Holland in Leslie County just hours after the crime.

Witnesses say the young woman demanded all the money from the register when she entered the store.

“They kept saying ‘Hurry! Hurry! Quicker!’…was just really impatient,” says Lori Johnson, the owner.

The license plate of the woman's blue Cavalier was covered with paper. With her hands and face covered, witnesses say it looked like the woman came prepared.

“She was had her face covered up mostly, except for her eyes and her nose was about the only thing sticking out. She had a hood over her head real tight,” says Justin Rice, a pharmacy technician.

Employees signaled the silent alarms soon as soon as the woman revealed a gun.

“I could tell right away it was a BB gun so I really wasn't threatened. I was just trying to some way to make sure she just stayed in the building long enough for the police to get here,” says Rice.

Soon after the woman entered the store, Harold Oliver, a frequent customer and security guard entered behind her.

“He was in a security uniform and had a badge on and he walked up to the counter. I think she waited about 60 seconds then she mumbled something about getting back up…it’s what I thought she was saying and then she took off out the door,” says Johnson.

Two employees and Oliver followed the woman out of the store, attempting to remove the paper covering her license plate, but the woman sped off before they were able to remove the paper. Police say the woman left with out taking the money she demanded.

Elizabeth Gail Holland is charged with first degree attempted robbery.

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