Bail for accused pharmacy robber set at $1.6 million

Police say William Webb, 50, robbed this Rite Aid in Rhawnhurst Monday night and inadvertently picked up a pill bottle with a GPS tracker, leading to his capture. (Morgan Zalot / Daily News Staff)

A 50-year-old man was held on $1.6 million bail Wednesday in a robbery spree of 16 pharmacies throughout Northeast Philadelphia since December.

William Webb is charged with aggravated assault, robbery, possession of drugs with intent to distribute, violation of the Uniform Firearms Act and related offenses in the robberies. A judge on Wednesday morning set his bail at $100,000 per robbery.

Webb and his alleged accomplice, identified by officials as 19-year-old Edward Schaeffer, were nabbed at a house in Tacony Monday night after allegedly stealing narcotics from Rite Aid at Solly Avenue and Roosevelt Boulevard. In that gunpoint robbery, police said, the pair unwittingly took a prescription pill bottle that had been implanted with a GPS tracking device, tipping cops off to their location.

Schaeffer is expected to be arraigned later Wednesday, according to District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Tasha Jamerson.