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Second robbery of same drugstore draws 8-year term

Schlau

FORT WAYNE -- A 44-year-old man was sentenced Friday to eight years in prison for the September robbery of a Walgreens he robbed a few years ago as well.

Michael Schlau, of the 1300 block of West Washington Boulevard, was on parole for another pharmacy robbery when police said he robbed a drugstore at 330 W. State Blvd.

He demanded the prescription painkiller Opana, reaching for his waistband as though he had a gun, according to court documents.

A police officer caught him after a brief foot chase and they found the Opana in his possession, but no gun, according to court documents.

Originally charged with robbery, possession of a controlled substance and resisting law enforcement, Schlau pleaded guilty to robbery and possession of a controlled substance in December.

On Friday, Allen Superior Judge Fran Gull sentenced Schlau to a total of eight years on the robbery charge and three years on the drug-possession charge, but ordered the sentences to be served at the same time.

Schlau was on parole from a four-year-prison sentence handed down in 2012 when he committed the September robbery.

In July 2011, Schlau robbed the same Walgreens for the same drug in the same way. Police said Schlau gave the pharmacist a note, and was tugging at his waistband as though he had a gun. He made off with about $5,000 of Opana in various strengths.

Police tracked him down in that case via a fingerprint on the note handed to the pharmacist.

When she sentenced him Friday, Gull noted his extensive criminal history of more than 30 misdemeanor convictions and seven felony convictions from 1985 to 2013, according to court documents.

She ordered him to pay $1,382 in restitution to Walgreens, according to court documents.

rgreen@jg.net

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