A New Jersey man is accused of attempting to rob a pharmacy, then concocting a cover story about working as a news reporter when his purported scheme failed.
Brandon Rivera, 28, allegedly handed a note demanding oxycodone pills to a pharmacist at a Little Egg Harbor Township Walgreens Thursday afternoon.
Police said that when Rivera realized he wasn’t going to get the painkillers, he told employees he was a reporter researching a story and left the store.
Workers were able to get Rivera’s vehicle registration number and turned the information over to police. Police said an investigation revealed that Rivera was not a news reporter, but a Galloway Township resident who had served prison time for drug offenses.