UPDATE: Arrest Made in Pharmacy Robbery; Suspect Sentenced

UPDATED Monday, July 23, 2012 --- 3:10 p.m.

From the Department of Justice:

Madison, Wis. - John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Anthony Carriola, 28, Lodi, Wis., was sentenced today by Chief U.S. District Judge William M. Conley to 12 years in prison, followed by a five-year term of supervised release, for committing two armed robberies of pharmacies and brandishing a firearm in furtherance of one of them.

Carriola pleaded guilty to these charges on May 17, 2012.

Carriola robbed the Mount Vernon Pharmacy in Mount Vernon, Ind., on December 2, 2011. Carriola entered the pharmacy wearing a mask with a swastika on it and he displayed a small handgun. Carriola jumped the counter and told the employees, "Don't make me shoot you." Carriola obtained morphine and hydrocodone pills during the robbery.

Carriola also robbed the Eannelli Pharmacy, Prairie du Sac, Wis., on January 10, 2012. Carriola wore a mask and jumped the counter. He brandished a .44 magnum revolver and told the pharmacy employees to get on the ground. Carriola then went to an aisle where the licensed pharmacist was walking and the pointed a handgun at the pharmacist’s face. The pharmacist grabbed the gun and wrestled with Carriola, who was demanding 100 milligram morphine pills. An employee retrieved two bottles of morphine pills from the safe and subsequently gave them to Carriola.

Pharmacy customers in a truck at the drive-thru window witnessed what was occurring in the pharmacy and they called 911. They then saw Carriola leave through the back door and get into a silver Ford Focus. They provided the license plate number of the Ford Focus, which was registered to Carriola's mother in Lodi. Police went to her home and located the Ford Focus. Officers subsequently searched the car and found a .44 caliber Sturm Ruger revolver underneath the front passenger seat and one blue morphine tablet was also found on a floorboard of the car.

Carriola was arrested at a local hotel on January 12, 2012. Law enforcement officers verified the room Carriola was staying in and obtained a warrant to search the room. Among other things, blue morphine pills from the robbery were recovered.

The charges against Carriola are the result of an investigation by the Mount Vernon (Indiana) Police Department; Sauk Prairie Police Department; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; and Dane County Narcotics and Gang Task Force. The prosecution of this case has been handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Rita M. Rumbelow.

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UPDATED Thursday, May 17, 2012 --- 3:35 p.m.

Press Release form the Department of Justice:

Madison, Wis. - John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Anthony Carriola, 28, Lodi, Wis., pleaded guilty today to committing two armed robberies of pharmacies and brandishing a firearm in furtherance of one of them.

At the plea hearing, Carriola admitted that he robbed the Mount Vernon Pharmacy in Mount Vernon, Ind., on December 2, 2011. Carriola entered the pharmacy wearing a mask with a swastika on it and he displayed a small handgun. Carriola jumped the counter and told the employees, "Don't make me shoot you." Carriola obtained morphine and hydrocodone pills during the robbery.

Carriola also admitted robbing the Eannelli Pharmacy, Prairie du Sac, Wis., on January 10, 2012. Carriola wore a mask and jumped the counter. He brandished a .44 magnum revolver and told the pharmacy employees to get on the ground. Carriola then went to an aisle where the licensed pharmacist was walking and pointed a handgun at the pharmacist’s face. The pharmacist grabbed the gun and wrestled with Carriola, who was demanding 100 milligram morphine pills. An employee retrieved two bottles of morphine pills from the safe and subsequently gave them to Carriola.

Pharmacy customers in a vehicle at the drive-thru window witnessed what was occurring in the pharmacy and they called 911. They then saw Carriola leave through the back door and get into a silver Ford Focus. They provided the license plate number of the Ford Focus, which was registered to Carriola's mother in Lodi. Police went to her home and located the Ford Focus. Officers subsequently searched the car and found a .44 caliber Sturm Ruger revolver underneath the front passenger seat and one blue morphine tablet was also found on a floorboard of the car.

Carriola was arrested at a local hotel on January 12, 2012. Law enforcement officers verified the room Carriola was staying in and obtained a warrant to search the room. Among other things, blue morphine pills from the robbery were recovered.

Chief U.S. District Judge William M. Conley scheduled sentencing for July 23, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. Carriola faces statutory maximum penalties of 20 years in prison for each of the robberies. Carriola will receive a mandatory minimum penalty of seven years in prison for brandishing the firearm during the Eannelli Pharmacy robbery. That seven-year sentence will be ordered to run consecutively to the sentence(s) he receives for the robberies.

The charges against Carriola are the result of an investigation by the Mount Vernon, Ind. Police Department, Sauk Prairie Police Department, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and Dane County Narcotics and Gang Task Force. The prosecution of this case is being handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Rita M. Rumbelow.

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UPDATED Friday, January 13, 2012 --- 12:30 p.m.

Update from the Dane County Sheriff's Department:

January 13, 2012 – The two individuals found with Anthony J. Carriola at the America’s Best Value Inn have also been arrested. Sarah M. Puckett, age 24 of New Harmony, IN and John N. Bauer, age 28 of Evansville, WI are both being held in the Dane County Jail on tentative charges of Possession of Narcotics.

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UPDATED: Thursday, January 12, 2012 --- 7:35p.m.

The suspect in the January 10th Armed Robbery that occurred at the Eannelli Pharmacy in Prairie du Sac has been taken into custody in Dane County.

At approximately 1:48 pm, the Dane County Sheriff’s Office received information from Sauk County that the suspect, Anthony J. Carriola, age 28 of Lodi, may be staying at the America’s Best Value Inn, located on Mill Pond Road in the Town of Blooming Grove

With the cooperation of the Division of Criminal Investigations, ATF, and Sauk Prairie Police Department, Dane County Sheriff’s deputies were able to confirm that Carriola was inside the hotel. They also learned that his girlfriend and another male had driven to Dane County from Indiana and were also inside the hotel.

Dane County’s Tactical Response Team deployed inside the hotel and were able to take all three individuals into custody without incident.

Carriola will be booked into the Dane County Jail on a tentative charge of Armed Robbery. The investigation is ongoing and further information on the other two subjects will be provided when it becomes available.

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Posted Wednesday, January 11, 2012 --- 4:30 p.m.

Press Release from the Sauk Prairie Police:

Click the photo tab above to see a photo of the suspect.

Sauk Prairie Police are still attempting to locate Anthony J. Carriola 28 of rural Lodi Wisconsin for an armed robbery that occurred on January 10, 2012 at the Eannelli Pharmacy in Prairie du Sac. The Black 2002 Chevrolet Venture Van with a personalized Wisconsin license plate 0KED0KE has been located in the Village of Waunakee Wisconsin. Carriola is still wanted in connection with this robbery and his whereabouts are unknown. A felony warrant charging Carriola with Robbery with the use of force has been issued. The firearm referenced in earlier press releases has been recovered. Citizens are asked to contact 911 and report any sightings of Carriola immediately. (see attached photo).

This incident is currently under investigation by the Sauk Prairie Police Department with the assistance of the Sauk County Sheriff’s Department and the Columbia County Sheriff’s Department.

The Sauk Prairie Police Department is asking anyone with information concerning this crime to contact the police department at (608)355-4495 or Sauk County Crime Stoppers at 1 (888)377-1195.

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Original Release:

On January 10, 2012 at approximately 3:46 P.M. Sauk Prairie Police responded to a report of an armed robbery in progress at the Eannelli Pharmacy located at 405 Water Street in the Village of Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin.

Sauk Prairie Police are currently attempting to locate Anthony J. Carriola 28 of rural Lodi Wisconsin. Carriola is believed to be driving a Black 2002 Chevrolet Venture Van with a personalized Wisconsin license plate 0KED0KE. A temporary felony warrant has been issued for Carriola and he is believed to be armed with a handgun. Police ask citizens to contact 911 and report any sightings of Carriola immediately. (see attached photo).

This incident is currently under investigation by the Sauk Prairie Police Department with the assistance of the Sauk County Sheriff’s Department and the Columbia County Sheriff’s Department.

The Sauk Prairie Police Department is asking anyone with information concerning this crime to contact the police department at (608)355-4495 or Sauk County Crime Stoppers at 1 (888)377-1195.


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