A Fairplay man who stole a neighbor’s van, unsuccessfully tried to rob a pharmacy and then was caught by the son of the van’s owner was sentenced to five years in state prison after pleading guilty Thursday in Washington Circuit Court to attempted robbery.
Bradley Steven Lapp, 43, formerly of 8617 Sharpsburg Pike, also pleaded guilty to fourth-degree burglary. In exchange for the plea, charges including theft, motor vehicle theft and assault were dismissed.
On the morning of Oct. 13, 2012, Lapp entered the unlocked apartment of a neighbor and removed the keys to the van, Assistant State’s Attorney Michele Hansen said, reading from the statement of facts in the case. The theft was reported to Maryland State Police at 8:32 a.m., she said.
A short time later, a man entered the Williamsport Pharmacy at 34 N. Conococheague St., and asked an employee if the store had Oxycodone, according to the statement of probable cause filed by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. The pharmacist told the man the store had none and he left, the document said.
A few minutes later, the man returned and told the employee he had a gun and for her not to call the police, the charging document said. The man then asked the pharmacist if he had another drug, Dilaudid, the document said.
The pharmacist asked if the man had a prescription, the charging document said. The man told the pharmacist he did not have a gun, but intended to rob him anyway, the document said.
The pharmacist refused to hand over drugs to the man, who then left and was seen leaving in the tan van, the charging document said.
The employee described the man as “pathetic looking and appearing desperate to obtain drugs,” the charging document said.
Shortly afterward, the son of the van’s owner saw Lapp returning to 8617 Sharpsburg Pike in the stolen vehicle, the charging document said.
The son tackled Lapp and held him on the ground until police arrived, the charging document said.
“I’d been trying to get help all last summer,” but substance abuse programs were filled up, Lapp told Washington County Circuit Judge M. Kenneth Long Jr.
“I’m just trying to get help,” Lapp said. “I’m not getting any younger.”