A Scioto County Common Pleas Court jury convicted Timothy A. Literal, 42, of 5618 Third St., on a four count indictment, charging him with aggravated robbery and possession and trafficking in oxycodone.
Literal was arrested after he was seen on a surveillance camera, June 3, 2007, robbing CVS Pharmacy on Scioto Trail, and also recognized by Portsmouth Police Officer Steve Timberlake.
Scioto County Prosecutor Mark Kuhn said Timberlake was at home ironing clothing when he saw the broadcast of the surveillance video on the television news. He recognized the man as Literal, and began looking for him.
According to testimony in the trial, Literal fled to Kentucky, but contacted a person in Portsmouth to sell oxycodone tablets.
A meeting was arranged for the sale, and Literal was arrested by South Shore (Ky.) police and Portsmouth police when he showed up with the drugs.
Literal was sentenced to nine years for aggravated robbery - in which he took 451 oxycodone tablets - five years on possession of oxycodone and four years on trafficking in oxycodone, with each sentence to run consecutively for a total of 18 years.
Literal had eight previous felony convictions, including a robbery conviction at a pharmacy in New Boston, as well as theft and drug convictions in Florida.
The case was prosecuted by prosecuting attorney Mark Kuhn and assistant prosecuting attorney Danielle Parker.
As a result of the case, Timberlake was awarded the first Golden Iron Award for excellence in investigation by the prosecutor's office.
Timberlake is credited with tracking the robber down, and eventually arresting him and lodging him in Scioto County Jail.
“Mr. Literal robbed the pharmacy of 451 oxycodone tablets,” said Parker. “Investigator Timberlake's quick response not only captured the robber, but also kept a large quantity of dangerous drugs off the streets of Portsmouth.”
Kuhn talked about the award, which also was given to Parker and Julie Hutchinson, also of the Scioto County Prosecutor's Office.
“The Golden Iron Award is our way of thanking the Portsmouth Police Department for the excellent work they do,” Kuhn said.
FRANK LEWIS can be reached at (740) 353-3101, ext. 232.