Suspect accused of using fake prescriptions to obtain pills arrested

Police said these two men are accused of passing fake prescriptions to obtain Oxycodone at the CVS on Atwood Avenue in Johnston. (Photos courtesy of Rhode Island's Most Wanted)

JOHNSTON, R.I. (WPRI) – Police have arrested one of two men accused of using fake prescriptions to obtain painkillers at local CVS pharmacies.

Herbert Holmes, 49, was arrested Wednesday after police identified him from surveillance footage taken at CVS locations in Warwick and on Atwood Avenue in Johnston. Police say he obtained prescription drugs from both pharmacies, but they said the prescriptions notes he used to obtain the drugs weren’t real.

Police believe Holmes passed phony prescriptions at local pharmacies at least 20 other times.

Surveillance footage showed Holmes was with another man who police believe may be involved in the alleged crimes. The second suspect, who has not been identified or arrested, is described as a white male in his 20s to early 30s.

Anyone with information about either man is asked to contact Det. Thomas Dwyer of the Johnston Police Department at (401) 231-4210 ext. 3158 or Det. Shaun Turcotte of the Warwick Police Department at (401) 468-4200 ext. 4259.

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