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Man arrested for armed robbery of west Forsyth pharmacy
Reportedly wore blue wig during hold-up
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Michael Patton. - photo by For the Forsyth County News

WEST FORSYTH – A man donned in a blue wig held up a pharmacy in west Forsyth Wednesday night for prescription medications, only to be caught during a traffic stop about three hours later.

Michael Patton, 46 of Cumming, has been charged with armed robbery, aggravated assault, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of a firearm during certain crimes and was booked into the Forsyth County Jail without bond, according to Forsyth County Sheriff’s Cpl. Pete Sabella.

He reportedly entered the Bethelview Pharmacy at 5610 Bethelview Road, which is between Castleberry Road and Atlanta Highway (Hwy. 9), just before 8 p.m. Oct. 12 wearing a blue wig and sunglasses, produced a handgun and “requested Xanax and Testosterone.”

He left in a vehicle with an undisclosed amount of the drugs.

Detectives used witness descriptions of the suspect and in-store video surveillance footage to track him down, including an observation that he has a “large and unique tattoo on the back of [his] head.”

Deputies located a vehicle registered to Patton about 10:45 p.m. that matched the description of the vehicle in which he drove away.

As Patton was leaving his residence, deputies initiated a traffic stop and subsequently took him into custody.

Patton was arrested in Forsyth at the beginning of September, Sabella said, for felony possession of a firearm.