Mass. man accused of robbing CVS of drugs, cash

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TIVERTON, R.I. (WPRI) — Police in Tiverton are charging a Massachusetts man with first degree robbery, officials announced Friday.

According to police, 50-year-old John Barboza, of Wrentham, Mass., was arrested Aug. 29 after he allegedly threatened several CVS employees. The crime happened at the CVS location at 500 Main Road.

Police said he threatened the pharmacy technicians with a knife, demanding cash and drugs. Officials said he ran from the store after obtaining two bags containing cash, Oxycontin, Oxycodone and Valium.

Witnesses directed the responding officers to a side street where Barboza was found hiding in the trees, according to police.

Barboza is now being held at the ACI and is facing three counts of felony drug possession in addition to the robbery charge.

Anyone with information on the crime is asked to contact Lt. Michael Carr or Detectice Dan Martin at (401) 625-6717.

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