Police: York-area CVS robber's demand note largely illegible

Liz Evans Scolforo
York Dispatch
Justin Alexander Tayman

Police captured a man with bad penmanship and a prescription-drug jones an hour after he robbed a York-area pharmacy, court documents allege, despite him cutting his hair to avoid detection.

Justin Alexander Tayman had been staying at the Motel 6 on Arsenal Road (Route 30) in Manchester Township, but he's now at York County Prison.

Tayman, 29, remains in custody on $50,000 bail, charged with robbery, theft, receiving stolen property, tampering with evidence, resisting arrest and possession of a controlled substance.

Northern York County Regional Police were called to the CVS Pharmacy at 1700 N. George St. in Manchester Township at 8:07 a.m. Wednesday after a man demanded drugs as he handed pharmacy-counter workers a partially illegible note, charging documents state.

"I need [illegible] and [illegible] and don't sound the alarm," the note read, according to documents. One worker was able to make out that the robber was asking for Xanax "and anything else," police said.

After being told workers couldn't open a safe because it was on a timer, the robber grabbed a bottle of pills off the counter, demanded and received another bottle of pills and took off, police said.

Pills, but no money: He ended up with no cash, but with 100 hydrocodone pills worth $50 and 180 Xanax pills worth about $353, documents state.

Justin Alexander Tayman

Eighteen minutes later, Northern Regional officers were at Motel 6. At 9:06 a.m. they found Tayman in Room 115 packing up his belongings, police said.

By that time he'd cut his hair and changed his clothes in a failed bid to throw investigators off his scent, according to police.

Still, Tayman largely matched the description of the robber, police said. He tried to run from officers, had to be tackled and resisted arrest, documents state.

Tayman eventually admitted he robbed the CVS to obtain pills because his doctor won't prescribe them for him, according to documents. He told officers he was in a bad accident in April and suffers from chronic pain, police said.

Investigators later found pills in the motel room where Tayman had been staying, near the cruiser where Tayman had been seated and in Tayman's pocket, documents allege.

He allegedly swallowed one pill that was in his possession, police allege, which is the basis of the evidence-tampering charge.

It's unclear if Tayman has retained an attorney.

— Reach senior crime reporter Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @LizScolforoYD.

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