4th suspect charged in robbery at Smithgall’s Pharmacy


A fourth suspect is in custody for a robbery at Smithgall’s Pharmacy in October, Lancaster police said.

Lamar Black, 29, of Harrisburg, was reportedly at the pharmacy with the other suspects and supplied Brandon Galette with a handgun used during the robbery, police said in a news release Thursday.

Black is charged with robbery and criminal conspiracy. He was arrested December 23.

Police told ABC 27 News that they believe Black is the last person who will be arrested in connection to the case.

Police previously charged Galette, who was shot during the robbery, 22-year-old Johnny Straining Jr. of Harrisburg, and 24-year-old Andrew Garrett of Steelton.

All four are in Lancaster County Prison on $1 million bail each.

Court documents identified former Lancaster mayor and pharmacy owner Charlie Smithgall as the shooter.

Police say the men were looking for Oxycodone when they entered the pharmacy on West Lemon Street on October 23.

Galette pointed a gun at a customer and a clerk, grabbed the customer by the neck, and threw her into display shelving. He then stormed past the main counter to a back room where he went back and forth putting the gun to the heads of Smithgall and other employees, according to the criminal complaint.

Smithgall pulled his own gun and fired a single shot when Galette pointed back. The two struggled and Smithgall fired three more shots before Galette took control of Smithgall’s gun and fled, the complaint states.

Responding officers found Galette on the sidewalk in front of 319 North Pine Street, suffering from several gunshot wounds. He was released from a hospital in November.

Police said Galette helped lead them to the other suspects.

A York spokesman said city detectives are working with Lancaster detectives to see the suspects are connected to a robbery at the Union Pharmacy in York, which happened one day before the incident at Smithgall’s Pharmacy.

Harrisburg police said they are still investigating a pharmacy robbery that happened around the same time. 

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