Danbury police arrested 22-year-old Ridgefield resident Thomas Redmond for robbery in the first degree after he allegedly robbed the Rite Aid pharmacy located at 113 Mill Plain Road on July 29.

Police say Redmond walked into the store threatening that he had a gun, and forced a pharmacist to open a safe, from which he stole two bottles of amphetamines. Witnesses told police that responded to the scene that he was last seen heading in the direction of the New York border, and provided the officers with a description.

“A short time later, officers found Redmond walking on Saw Mill Rd, in the possession of the stolen items,” a report said.

During questioning by police at the roadside, Redmond said he “needed the medication because he suffered from addiction.”

He was taken to police headquarters, where he was also charged with larceny in the fourth degree, possession of a controlled substance, breach of peace, and threatening.

Redmond was held in police custody on a $25,000 bond. Police say a gun was never shown, and no gun was recovered during the arrest.

Past charges

This is not the first time Redmond has faced criminal charges.

He was arrested by Ridgefield police four times in 2014, including an arrest in August of that year for attempted burglary, in which he and another teen attempted to break into a home on the same street where Redmond was living, before setting off a burglar alarm. Police say he fled a pursuing officer using a skateboard.

Redmond was 18 at the time.

He was also arrested that year for threatening an officer, after he was found lying in the grass on Pine Mountain Road, and fled into the woods when an officer checked on his wellbeing. He was found a short while later behind a house at 117 Pine Mountain Road. Police say he threatened to kill the officer, but that he was unarmed.

He is due to appear in court on August 22 for the Rite Aid robbery, to which he has plead not guilty.

He will also appear in court on August 20 for a review of his probation on other charges, including a larceny conviction from August of 2016, and a charge of resisting arrest in September of 2014.