Pharmacy thief said he told cashier ‘Don’t be a hero’

Cameron Turner Photo of Detective-Sergeant Reuben Roach and Narcotics Detective Michael Purdy escorting Cabral into Norwich City Court following his initial arrest.

NORWICH – The man accused of robbing prescription narcotics from a local pharmacy in the City of Norwich back in April, 2016, will be spending the next two and a half to five years behind bars after he was sentenced in Chenango County Court on Friday, Aug. 19.

Jeffrey S. Cabral, 27, originally from Rhode Island, but with an address in the Town of South New Berlin, appeared back in court on Friday for a plea and sentencing arrangement. Cabral stood charged with one count of robbery in the third degree, a class D felony; and one count of petit larceny, a class A misdemeanor.

These charges stem from an alleged incident that occurred on Apr. 4, 2016. On that date, the Norwich Police Department received a call from the Chenango County Sheriff's Office 911 Center at approximately 11:10 a.m. It was reported that a subject was demanding prescription narcotics from a pharmacy in Norwich. According to police, as NPD officers were being dispatched, the 911 Center received several more calls reporting the same incident. It was initially reported the suspect may have been armed with a handgun, but this was later determined not to be true.

It was alleged that Cabral entered the establishment, passed a threatening note to the cashier and demanded the prescription narcotics. After Cabral received the narcotics, he attempted to flee the scene.

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