UNION CITY — A man accused of robbing the Union City Pharmacy in January will have his case heard in Erie County Court.

Amos Gradler, 26, of 605 Sedgwick Road, Waterford, waived his right to a preliminary hearing May 25 in front of District Judge Carol Southwick of Union City on one count each of robbery and attempted robbery.

Following his arrest on April 5 and arraignment in front of on-duty District Judge Brenda Nichols, Gradler was sent to Erie County Prison in lieu of $15,000 straight monetary bond. Gradler posted bond April 12.

Gradler is accused of attempting to rob the Union City Pharmacy, 16395 Route 8S, Union Township, just after 10 a.m. Jan. 4.

State police at Corry allege Gradler went into the pharmacy wearing a ski mask, approached a female employee and another pharmacy employee and demanded they give him all the OxyContin pills. Police allege Gradler put one of the employees in fear of bodily harm, according to the criminal complaint.

OxyContin is a medication prescribed for pain.

Pharmacy owner Larry Whipple heard Gradler demand the OxyContin, approached him and told him he couldn’t have the pills, according to the affidavit of probable cause filed by state police.

Gradler then fled on foot and got into a small red pickup truck that was parked on Miles Street behind the pharmacy.

On Jan. 19, Erie-based state police spoke to a Waterford woman who stated the truck fit the description of her truck, which Gradler was using at the time of the attempted robbery. She told state police Gradler returned the truck two days after the robbery.

State police at Corry filed charges against Gradler on March 26.

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