2019-01-10 / Front Page

Fievet Pharmacy robbed at gunpoint; no arrests as yet reported by the GBI

Just before closing time at Fievet Pharmacy last Wednesday, January 2, 2019, at about 5:50 p.m., two black males entered the store and took an undisclosed amount of U.S. currency and prescription medications. One of the subjects produced a handgun during the incident and allegedly held it to the face of someone in the store.

Both subjects are described as short and slender, and appeared to be between the ages of 18 and 25. No employees or customers were harmed during the incident.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) was requested by the Wilkes County Sheriff’s Office to assist with the armed robbery investigation, which is ongoing.

Cindy Piela, the pharmacy’s owner, praised Wilkes County law enforcement for prompt and thorough handling of the case.

“The first person on the scene was Jerry Hackney and he was here within a flash, only a minute or two after they [the robbers] were gone,” she said. The deputies were here quickly and they stayed long taking statements and working the case,” she continued. “They encouraged GBI to come in order to get wider coverage.”

There have been other armed robberies lately in this area including in Lincoln County, Elbert County, Oglethorpe County, and Clarke County, according to Chief Investigator Thomas Bailey of the Wilkes County Sheriff’s Office. However, apparently only one of those, Fred’s in Oglethorpe County, involved a pharmacy.

Piela reported that she is expecting the GBI to return this week for more investigation and to conduct interviews with those who experienced the robbery.

“Not emotionally, but everybody’s okay physically,” she said. “They are still reliving it pretty bad.” Piela was not in the store at the time of the robbery and was upset that was the case. “If my folks are going to go through it, I want to go through it with them,” she said.

“I think, if possible, people should be more aware of their surroundings,” she added. “There were tons of people in our parking lot right before and after this happened and there could have been more information if people had just been aware.” She encouraged everyone to “Notice people that aren’t normally somewhere.”

The case is being investigated by the GBI and the Wilkes County Sheriff’s

Office. Agents and sheriff’s investigators are continuing to follow leads, gather and review evidence, and identify any witnesses. Anyone with information is asked to call the GBI at 706-595-2575 or the Wilkes County Sheriff’s Office at 706-678- 2224.

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