Lincoln County man charged with attempted robbery

A Lincoln County man is accused of using a gun to try to force a pharmacist to give him opiates, law enforcement officials said.

Benjamin Michael Lineberger, 22, of Denver, was arrested this week in connection with an incident reported Friday night at a Walgreens store in the 7300 block of N.C. 73 in Denver, according to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office.

Investigators said an employee at the Walgreens said a man attempted to obtain opiates at the counter and then showed what appeared to be a black handgun. The clerk told the suspect that the drugs were locked up and no key was available. The suspect then left the store, authorities said.

Store officials told sheriff’s deputies that the same man had been in the store earlier in the day, waiting in the pharmacy section. He waited until most people had left before asking if the pharmacy had a prescription for “Lineberger.” When the employee said there was no prescription, the man left, deputies said.

Investigators said the suspect then went across the street to a Rite-Aid pharmacy, where he gave his full name and asked if a prescription was available for him. He was denied there and then went back to the Walgreens and produced the gun, deputies said.

The weapon turned out to be a BB gun, according to investigators.

Deputies arrested Lineberger at his residence. Authorities said they found the BB gun and the coat worn by the man during the alleged robbery attempt.

Lineberger was charged with attempted robbery with a firearm or other dangerous weapon and was jailed with bail set at $100,000.