By Paul Martino

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Police have made an arrest in a rash of pharmacy robberies in the South Hills.

Dr. Patrick Sullivan, 37, of Mt. Lebanon, was arrested Thursday. He’s accused of robbing two drug stores in Mt. Lebanon with a gun.

In each instance, police say he was after highly-addictive painkillers fentanyl or oxycontin.

The doctor burglarized the Lebanon Shops Pharmacy the night of Aug. 21, then came in while people were there and robbed it at gunpoint on October 9 and again on October 18.

“He just wanted some fentanyl patches,” Erica Feinberg, a pharmacy student, said. “I handed it to him and left out the back.”

Thursday was her first day back to work after taking two weeks off. She needed the time to recover from being held up twice.

Dr. Sullivan is being charged with seven counts of robbery, one count of burglary and a firearms charge.

“Patrick Sullivan was a resident physician in a Wheeling, W. Va., hospital,” Allegheny County Police Lt. Jeff Korczyk said. “I understand he’s either under suspension or been fired because of some drug activity that took place at that hospital.”

Police say Sullivan moved back to his parents’ home which is just down the street from the Lebanon Shops Pharmacy. He’s accused of burglarizing it once and robbing it at gunpoint twice.

He is now in the Allegheny County Jail.

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