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Man Arrested in Pharmacy Robberies

The New Rochelle, N.Y., man has been arrested in the armed robbery of Greenview Pharmacy as well as in an illegal attempt to obtain prescription narcotics at Grannick's Pharmacy, police said.

John Pastore, 30, was extradited after being arrested as a fugitive in New Rochelle last week. He was served with two Connecticut arrest warrants for each incident.

The first warrant was on charges of fraudulently attempting to obtain narcotics and third-degree forgery after using a fake prescription at Grannick's Pharmacy on Greenwich Avenue in an attempt to get prescription narcotics, police said. The second was in the Sept. 4 incident in which Pastore walked into Greenview Pharmacy in Byram and threatened two pharmacists with a large kitchen knife to get prescription narcotics, police said. He was given narcotics and was leaving the pharmacy when a Good Samaritan confronted him and a struggle ensued, police said. Pastore fled without the drugs. The second warrant charges Pastore with first-degree robbery, third-degree larceny, second-degree threatening and second-degree breach of peace.

After his arrest at his home at 109 Cooper Drive, New Rochelle, Pastore appeared in court and waived extradition. Greenwich Police detectives then took custody of him and served the Connecticut arrest warrants.

Pastore was held on a $10,000 bond for the first arrest warrant and a $100,000 for the second. He is scheduled to appear in court to face all charges Oct. 6.

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