Armed Clown Robs Rehab for Rx Pills

By McCarton Ackerman 05/03/12

A clown stole drugs and Rx pills from a Virginia nursing center, and it was not very funny.

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If you were always terrified of clowns, your fears may have been prescient. The circus came to town in West Virginia when residents at Teays Valley Nursing and Rehab Center in West Virginia were subjected to an armed robbery from a man dressed as a clown and fiending for prescription pills and drugs. The bizarre incident began when the man broke through a back bathroom window while dressed in a clown mask and scrubs, wielding a gun and ordering a nurse to get down on the ground. Police say the suspect demanded pills and stole them from the nurses' cart before clambering out the same window he came in—presumably not wearing the shoes to go with his mask. The remaining patients and nurses at the center were either asleep or unaware of what was happening. Detectives have been interviewing and trying to get more information to crack the case, while the nursing home says it's taking extra precautions to prevent any similar incidents.

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McCarton Ackerman is a freelance writer and editor living in Portland, Oregon. He has been a contributor for The Fix since October 2011, writing on a wide range of topics ranging from medical marijuana in Colorado to the world's sexiest drug smugglers. Follow him on Linkedin and Twitter.

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