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Attempt to steal pills ends in prison time
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A would-be robber who tried to mug a man outside a pharmacy for his drugs has been given a four-year penitentiary sentence.The robber, Michael Eugene Lattimore, was directed by Circuit Court Judge Bart Stanley to serve four years in prison for attempted robbery. The sentence is to be served in addition to any other time he may be facing for other crimes.Lattimore attacked a 54-year-old man as he came out of Sullivan’s Hometown Pharmacy at Northgate Center in October.The victim said he was inside the pharmacy getting his prescription for 90 morphine tablets filled when he was approached by the man who engaged him in conversation. Once outside the store, Lattimore tried to grab the victim’s prescription.“He was knocked to the ground during the attack but was able to keep the thief from taking his prescription,” revealed McMinnville Police investigator Nicole Mosley.Police suspect Lattimore may have overheard what kind of medication the victim was getting and thought he could snatch it and get away once the man stepped outside the building.Lattimore was arrested after he left behind a trail of clues, including one of his shoes and his image which was captured by the store surveillance camera.