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Stephen Hill Santa Cruz man arrested in connection with the robbery of 27 bottles of the methadone from a Walgreens at 1718 Soquel Ave.

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A Santa Cruz man was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of donning a white canvas bag on his head, stealing prescription drugs from a store and trying to get away on a skateboard, sheriff’s deputies said. Stephen Hill, 26, was taken into custody in connection with the robbery of 27 bottles of the methadone, three bottles of the anti-anxiety drug Alprazolam and one of morphine from a Walgreens at 1718 Soquel Ave., according to the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies were dispatched to the drug store at 8:08 a.m. based on a report of a male suspect with a white bag with eyeholes on his head who jumped over the pharmacy counter and demanded the drugs, deputies said. The suspect, wearing a white sweatshirt and blue jeans, was observed fleeing outside the store on a skateboard, deputies said. Deputies detained a man matching that description who was wearing white latex gloves, a white sweatshirt, jeans and had a skateboard, deputies said.

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