GPD apprehends repeat Walgreens robbery suspect

The Gainesville Police Department (GPD) is crediting alert Walgreens staff and customers for helping apprehend a robbery suspect. 

GPD officers responded to a reported robbery at the Walgreens at 1615 13th Street on Wednesday afternoon. According to a GPD report, witnesses said the suspect entered the story and pretended to buy a cookie, then forcibly grabbed money when the cashier opened the register. 

A witness photographed Johnson’s vehicle, a black Mitsubishi, and observed him fleeing northbound on NW 13th Street. Another witness recognized Johnson as likely the same person who robbed the same Walgreens exactly two weeks before. 

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“Store staff and witnesses did a great job in contacting the police and providing key evidence to help identify Johnson as the offender,” the report said. “The GPD Criminal Investigation Division (CID) was able to identify the vehicle from the photo and Johnson as the suspect.”

According to the report, detectives watched Johnson arrived at a residence at 810 NW 41st Avenue and arrested him there. 

“Johnson was positively identified by Walgreens employees as the suspect from this and previous robbery,” the report said.

Johnson is in the Alachua County Jail facing multiple charges and a $55,000 bail. 

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