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Suspect in pharmacy robberies arrested in Jefferson City

Jeff Bobo • Jul 9, 2008 at 12:00 AM

ROGERSVILLE — Jefferson City police have arrested a man accused in three recent drug store armed robberies in which OxyContin was taken, including a June 3 robbery at Cunningham Drug in Bulls Gap.

Nicholas “Nick” Lukens, 29, of Jefferson City, was being investigated by the Jefferson City Police Department when officers there determined that Lukens matched the description of the gunman who robbed Cunningham Drug at gunpoint of 485 OxyContin pills and $190 in cash last month.

Hawkins County Sheriff Roger Christian said the JCPD provided his department with a photo of Lukens. Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office detectives then reportedly included Lukens’ picture in a photo array that was shown to witnesses from the Cunningham Drug robbery.

“We showed the photos to multiple witnesses and they all picked out Mr. Lukens as our suspect,” Christian said. “I know Jefferson County is looking at him for a separate drug store robbery there. Cocke County wants him, too, and now we have a hold on him.

“Detective Jeff Greer is going to be charging him with armed robbery, if he hasn’t already.”

The Cunningham Drug robbery was caught on video, although the store’s surveillance system at the time was antiquated and the video tapes were worn out. Although the man could clearly be seen holding a handgun, at the moments when his face could best have been seen there was distortion in the tapes.

Lukens is also accused of stealing about $6,000 worth of OxyContin from a drug store in White Pine during a June 30 robbery, and he’s accused of taking $10,000 worth of OxyContin during a drug store robbery in Newport on June 21.

Lukens is being held in the Jefferson County Jail on $100,000 bond.

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