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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Eastern District of Pennsylvania

For Immediate Release

October 24, 2013

Zane David Memeger, United States Attorney

Contact: Patty Hartman, Media Contact

Armed Pharmacy Robber Sentenced

PHILADELPHIA — William Webb, 51, of Philadelphia, was sentenced today to 25 years in prison for a string of armed robberies that targeted pharmacies. Webb pleaded guilty July 24, 2013 to conspiracy, interference with interstate commerce by robbery, and brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence. He and Edward Schaeffer conspired to target approximately 19 pharmacies in order to steal prescription pharmaceuticals, including oxycontin, oxycodone, and percocet. Schaeffer, 30, pleaded guilty Sept. 12th and will be sentenced December 5, 2013.

In addition to the prison term, U.S. District Court Judge John R. Padova ordered restitution in the amount of $65,270.15, and five years of supervised release.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the Philadelphia Police Department, with assistance from the Abington Twp. Police and Glenolden Borough Police. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer Chun Barry.