Pharmacy robbery suspect offered deal

ROBBERY suspect Andrew Schultz appears in court Monday. Mother Lode News photo by Pat Dollins

ROBBERY suspect Andrew Schultz appears in court Monday. Mother Lode News photo by Pat Dollins

The 22-year-old man accused of robbing an El Dorado Hills Safeway at gunpoint has been offered a plea deal, his attorney said Monday.

Clifford Safranski, the public defender for suspected armed robber Andrew Schultz, said attorneys from the El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office offered his client six months in jail as well as three years of formal probation if he pleads to a single count of felony robbery, a strike offense.

Safarnski revealed the deal’s details Monday morning during a pre-preliminary hearing. It was Schultz’ first in-court appearance with counsel since his Nov. 21 arrest.

He is charged with second-degree robbery and second-degree commercial burglary.

Schultz remains in custody on $57,500 bail.

The defendant was booked shortly after 12:30 p.m. on Nov. 21 following an alleged armed robbery at a pharmacy at the Safeway at 2207 Francisco Drive earlier that day.

Schultz reportedly had gone to the pharmacy and told a clerk that he had a prescription there to be filled and gave his name. The clerk told Schultz there was no prescription there for him.

He came back about 15 minutes later and said, “Does this change your mind?” and showed the female clerk the barrel of a gun under his shirt, according to El Dorado County sheriff’s Public Information Officer Phil Chovanec.

The gun, recovered later by a sheriff’s officer, turned out to be a BB gun, but appeared to be an authentic semi-automatic handgun, said Chovanec.

“You couldn’t tell the difference from the real thing, especially when it’s pointed at you,” he told Mother Lode News.

The clerk then gave Schultz more than 380 tablets of a narcotic thought to be hydrocodone.

But she was able to remember the name given by the suspect, said Chovanec.

After scouring the Francisco Drive area, sheriff’s deputies were able to find Schultz and booked him on suspicion of armed robbery.

Schultz reportedly confessed to the robbery, according to Chovanec.

The officer said Schultz tossed the gun and the pills. The gun was recovered by a sheriff’s deputy while the pills were believed to have been dumped in a culvert carrying water.

Schultz was found at a residence on Wrangler Place off Silva Valley Parkway. He surrendered to authorities without incident.

He will return to court Dec. 27.

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