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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Police say eight robberies at local pharmacies have taken place in just four months, but today that crime spree came to an abrupt end -- and a concerned citizen helped police catch a man with a desperate addiction.
Early this morning, the same man robbed the same Middletown Walgreens for the fourth time since September.
But this time a phone call made all the difference.
"An eyewitness observed the subject get into a vehicle, obtained a vehicle description and a license plate, and gave that information to MetroSafe," explained Sgt. Eric Black of the Louisville Metro Police Department.
That information helped police to find 23-year-old Matthew Williams in his car on Shelbyville Road just after he robbed the Walgreens. Officers tried to pull him over, but police say Williams sped away.
The police chase ended when Williams crashed his car at Cannons Lane and I-64. He was arrested, and police say a handgun was found in his car.
In each case, Williams would allegedly present the pharmacy with a note saying he had a gun -- and he demanded the drug Suboxone.
Suboxone was developed to treat patients with a heroin or opiate addiction. Police believe Williams was stealing the drug for himself.
"The addiction in general is a driving force behind a lot of crime, not just robberies, burglaries, theft," Black said. "The heroin, pain pill addiction is a driving force behind a lot of crime."
Police say Williams is responsible for robbing seven pharmacies -- either Walgreens or CVS -- in Louisville, and another Walgreens in Jeffersonville.