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Man confesses for 5 Mandarin robberies

An arrest in the multiple robberies that have happened where you shop and work.

Michael Allen Lee is arrested for five robberies occurring in the last 30 days in the Mandarin area.  Lee was robbing pharmacies for hydrocodone pills.

“During the holdups he would claim to have a gun and then would tell the pharmacist that his wife had cancer and then threaten to start shooting the pharmacy up if he did not receive the pills,” says Director of Investigation and Homeland Security for the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Mike Williams.

The first and second robberies occurred within just 20 minutes of each other during the afternoon, on Sunday, May 12th. He first went to the Walgreens on San Jose Blvd. near 295. After giving his demands to the pharmacist, he got tired of waiting and went to the Publix on Old St. Augustine Rd. just off of 295. There he obtained one thousand hydrocodone pills.

The third robbery took place on Thursday, May 30th at the Publix on San Jose Blvd. near 295. He took 500 hydrocodone pills from the pharmacy.

The fourth and fifth robberies occurred within in a few days of each other. The fourth robbery took place Monday, June 20th at the Winn-Dixie on the corner of San Jose Blvd. and Loretto Rd. The final robbery took place Wednesday, June 12th, at the Publix on San Jose Blvd. near Ricky Dr. There Lee received an additional one thousand hydrocodone pills. As he was leaving, he was confronted by employees but he threatened them with a knife and was able to flee the scene.

During the robberies, JSO received the information that Lee was driving a white Ford Explorer. At 9 p.m. on June 13th JSO received a call from a citizen claiming to see a man meeting Lee’s description at the Wal-Mart on San Jose Blvd. right off of 295 purchasing a money order. Police then tracked Lee to an Extended Stay America on Prudential Dr. Officers made contact will Lee at the hotel, where he was detained and briefed for questions. He was then taken to the robbery office where he was interviewed and confessed to all five robberies.

The only weapon that has been recovered by is the knife. It is still unknown if Lee actually has a wife with cancer. Williams says the case is still an active investigation.

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