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 (http://bit.ly/19oF34k ) 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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Information from: The Daily Nonpareil, http://www.nonpareilonline.com

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