Employee Suspected in CVS Robberies

Three people were arrested in connection with two armed robberies of a Potomac CVS

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    News 4's Pat Collins has the latest on a CVS Pharmacy supervisor linked to two armed robberies in one week at Potomac store. (Published Thursday, Apr 12, 2012)

    An employee may have aided in two robberies at a Montgomery County CVS in February, according to police.

    Fenton James Graham, 35, was employed as a supervisor at a CVS in Potomac, Md., at the time both robberies occurred, police said.

    Just before 3 a.m. Feb. 6, a man entered the store at 7955 Tuckerman Lane and acknowledged Graham and another employee in a friendly manner before pulling out a handgun and hitting the other employee in the face with it, police said. He then ordered Graham to tie up the other employee and put money from the registers in a duffel bag.

    The man left the CVS on foot with an undisclosed amount of money.

    The same man struck again a week later, according to police. About 1:30 a.m. Feb. 13, he entered the store and again pretended to be a customer before pulling a gun and demanding cash. He took the money and fled and was last seen getting into a vehicle.

    Graham, who had been working during both robberies, was developed as a suspect and arrested the next day. Police became suspicious after observing surveillance video showing Graham entering the store about a minute before the robber and carrying the bag of money outside to the robber after the robber forgot it, News4's Pat Collins reported.

    The robber was identified as 53-year-old Michael Cooke -- the father of Graham's girlfriend. U.S. marshals arrested Cooke April 2 in Las Vegas. Extradition to Maryland is pending.

    Graham was charged with conspiracy to commit robbery, conspiracy to commit first-degree assault, use of a firearm in the commission of a violent felony and theft. He is scheduled to appear in court Saturday.

    Graham's girlfriend, 29-year-old Michelle Allison, also was arrested in connection with the case. She is charged with obstructing and hindering in the investigation.