2 teenagers arrested in connection with Chula Vista armed pharmacy robbery

CHULA VISTA, Calif. — Three masked teenagers, including one armed with a rifle and another armed with a handgun, hopped a pharmacy counter at a Chula Vista grocery store and stole prescriptions drugs, but two of the teens were arrested as they tried to flee on foot, police said Tuesday.

The heist happened around 5:15 p.m. Monday at the pharmacy inside the Ralphs near the intersection of East Palomar Street and Medical Center Drive, Chula Vista police Lt. Frank Giaime said.

The teenagers stormed into the store and hopped a pharmacy counter, then filled a backpack with prescription drugs they were apparently targeting, Giaime said.

When the robbers ran outside, they found that their getaway driver had already sped off, the lieutenant said.

The suspects then attempted to flee on foot, but officers responded to the area, gave chase and arrested a 14-year-old boy and a 15-year-old boy, whose names were withheld because they are minors, Giaime said.

One of the boys was bit by a Chula Vista police dog during the pursuit, he said.

Officers recovered a handgun from one suspect as well as a backpack containing prescription drugs, Giaime said.

No detailed descriptions of the third suspect and the getaway driver were immediately available.

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