Iowa pharmacist tackles suspect in store robbery


COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) _ A Council Bluffs pharmacist has been credited with tackling a man accused of trying to steal prescription painkillers.
The Council Bluffs Police Department says Bill Shipley tackled 33-year-old Kelton Houts Friday afternoon after Houts entered Union Pharmacy and demanded OxyContin.
At some point Shipley tackled Houts, and the pair scuffled before a customer called for help. Shipley suffered a minor injury, and Houts was taken to a nearby hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.
Authorities say Houts, of Carter Lake, could be connected to a string of armed robberies at pharmacies in the Council Bluffs and Omaha, Neb., area.
The Council Bluffs Daily Nonpareil reports Houts was taken to the Pottawattamie County Jail on suspicion of one count of first-degree robbery. Additional charges are pending. Records do not list an attorney.

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