Lodi man sentenced for armed pharmacy robberies

Man robbed pharmacy in Prairie du Sac
Lodi man sentenced for armed pharmacy robberies

A Lodi man was sentenced Monday in federal court to 12 years in prison for two armed pharmacy robberies.

Prosecutors said Anthony Carriola robbed the Eannelli Pharmacy in Prairie du Sac on Jan. 10.

Carriola wore a mask and jumped the counter. He brandished a .44 Magnum revolver and told the pharmacy employees to get on the ground. Carriola then went to an aisle where the licensed pharmacist was walking and the pointed a handgun at the pharmacist’s face, prosecutors said.

The pharmacist grabbed the gun and wrestled with Carriola, who was demanding 100mg morphine pills. An employee retrieved two bottles of morphine pills from the safe and subsequently gave them to Carriola, prosecutors said.

Prosecutors said Carriola also robbed a pharmacy in Mount Vernon, Ind., on Dec. 2, 2011. They said he entered the pharmacy wearing a mask with a swastika on it and he displayed a small handgun.

Carriola jumped the counter and told the employees, “Don’t make me shoot you,” prosecutors said. Carriola obtained morphine and hydrocodone pills during the robbery.

Dane County sheriff’s deputies arrested Carriola on Jan. 12 at a hotel in Cottage Grove.

Carriola pleaded guilty to the charges against him on May 17.

Following his time in prison, Carriola will also serve a five-year term of supervised release.