A Delavan man suspected in a string of Midwest thefts of the prescription painkiller oxycodone was charged Wednesday in federal court with robbing nine pharmacies.
Tony D. Taylor, 35, who is being held in Dane County Jail, was previously charged in Dane County Circuit Court in five of the incidents.
Those took place Jan. 10 through Feb. 22 at Walgreens pharmacies in Fitchburg, Waunakee, Monona and Madison.
Taylor also was charged in federal court with four other robberies: Jan. 23 at a Walgreens in Madison; March 19 at Hometown Pharmacy in Verona; March 25 at a Mallatt’s Pharmacy in Madison; and March 29 at McFarland Pharmacy.
If convicted, Taylor faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison on each count.
According to a criminal complaint filed in Dane County Circuit Court, Taylor told police he came to Wisconsin from Utah in November looking for a job and he stole the oxycodone because of his addiction.
Taylor was arrested April 9 by DeForest police after employees at a Hometown Pharmacy there recognized him as a suspect in other robberies.
Madison police said Taylor was the prime suspect in more than 20 incidents from Lincoln, Neb., to Northern Illinois.