The 22-year-old Missoula man accused of stealing painkillers from a local pharmacy after telling employees he had a gun has been charged with felony robbery.
Ryan M. Rudh appeared in Justice Court on Wednesday where Justice of the Peace Karen Orzech set his bail at $50,000.
According to charging documents, Rudh was arrested at his home Monday after he left Palmer’s Drug on Saturday with roughly 685 oxycodone tablets.
Rudh was wearing a mask and handed a note to two clerks saying he had a gun and demanding oxycodone and fentanyl painkillers.
Rudh was given the oxycodone tablets. He “appeared to be under the influence of an intoxicating substance,” court documents said.
On Monday, Deputy Missoula County Attorney Suzy Boylan requested Rudh’s bail be set at $50,000 and that Rudh be ordered to stay away from all pharmacies.
Rudh told Orzech he was employed at the local casino. His public defender noted that Rudh grew up in Missoula and has strong ties to the area.
Orzech took Boylan’s recommendation, adding that “you’ll have to get another job because I’m going to ban you from all casinos.”
Store video footage of the incident was released to the media after the incident on Saturday and Missoula police quickly received a tip identifying the suspect as Rudh.
“(Authorities) went to the defendant’s home. His mother started crying immediately and stated she knew why they were there,” court records said.
Rudh’s sister and mother identified him as the suspect from the video footage and police found a bottle of pills at his home, court documents said.
Rudh eventually admitted committing the robbery and said he picked Palmer’s because there was a snowbank he could park behind. Store employees told police a “suspicious male” had entered the pharmacy at 918 S.W. Higgins Ave. the day before the incident and asked if they carried oxycodone and fentanyl, court documents said.
A Jan. 16 preliminary hearing has been set in the case.
Felony robbery carries a maximum penalty of 40 years in prison and/or a $50,000 fine.