VIDEO: Pharmacy Robber Receives Eight Year Prison Sentence

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A Sarnia man who pleaded guilty in a series of  pharmacy robberies has been sentenced to eight years in prison.

Court heard Dustin Robinson, 36, who had a good upbringing and a good education, became addicted to opioids after witnessing the death of a close friend.

In a seven-month period in 2016-2017, Robinson robbed several pharmacies and a bank in southwestern Ontario and in Alberta.

He hit up the same Lakeshore pharmacy three times.

In September 2019, Robinson pleaded guilty to 15 counts including robbery and wearing a disguise. 

He would wear a mask, sometimes armed with a knife, and demanded drugs and money.

With credit for time already served, he will spend another four years and seven months behind bars.  

"It is a fair sentence as his honour annunciated," said Assistant Crown Jennifer Holmes outside of the provincial courthouse.  "Mr. Robinson came before us with no criminal record. The offences were plentiful and very serious."

Holmes points to the addictive nature of opioids that led Robinson down a path of crime.

"He witnessed a traumatic event and just spiraled out of control, he had a successful career, he had a happy relationship and he became addicted to opioids and thus far has lost it all."

Court heard he was spending $400 to $500 a day in using opioids and fentanyl.   

Robinson was arrested in 2017 after a Canada-wide arrest warrant was issued.