West Newton man sentenced for 6 robberies |

West Newton man sentenced for 6 robberies

A West Newton man will serve up to 80 months in prison for robbing six Westmoreland County pharmacies over a six-month period.

Zachary A. Clausner, 34, pleaded guilty in August to his role in the heists in which police said he stole nearly 3,900 pills, mostly oxycodone.

“He had a serious addiction,” said Assistant District Attorney Greg DeFloria. “The sentence was appropriate for the crime he committed.”

Judge Debra A. Pezze sentenced Clausner to serve at least 40 months in prison.

According to court records, Clausner walked into six pharmacies in Hempfield, Scottdale and East Huntingdon between November 2012 and March 2013 and demanded drugs.

Police contended Clausner passed the pharmacists notes demanding pain medication and promised no one would be injured if they complied.

According to court records, police identified Clausner as a suspect after he was given a drug bottle with a tracking device in one of the robberies.

Police tracked Clausner and chased him to his home, where he was arrested, police said.

Clausner confessed to his role in all six robberies, police said.

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