Commonwealth v. David Lee Stephens; Armed Robbery of Two Walgreens Pharmacies Draws 10 Years to Serve

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Harvey L. Bryant, Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Virginia Beach, announced today that David Lee Stephens, 28 years old, previously residing in the 600 block of Rivers Reach in Virginia Beach, Virginia pled guilty to two (2) counts each of Robbery and Use of a Firearm.  The plea agreement was accepted by Circuit Court Judge A. Bonwill Shockley and Stephens was formally sentenced to 38 years in the Department of Corrections with 28 years suspended, leaving ten (10) years to serve. 

Had this matter gone to trial, the Commonwealth’s evidence would have proved that on April 18, 2010, David Lee Stephens entered the Walgreens at 3376 Virginia Beach Blvd in the City of Virginia Beach and approached the pharmacy technician.  He handed her a note that stated, “I have a gun!  I want your supply big bottles, Oxycotin, Methadone, morphine, Lortab Percasets.”  Stephens raised his shirt and displayed a firearm, and the technician gave him several bottles of medication.  He fled the store, leaving the note on the counter.  His fingerprints were later recovered from the note, and Stephens was observed on video entering and exiting the store.


On June 24, 2010, Stephens entered the Walgreens at 3965 Holland Road in the City of Virginia Beach.  He placed a note on the pharmacy counter stating that he had a gun and wanted large bottles of medication, specifically Hydrocodone, Oxycodone and Methadone.  Stephens put a firearm on the counter facing the pharmacy technician, who complied with his demands.  This incident was also captured on video.


Stephens was arrested on March 8, 2011, in Harrisonburg, Virginia.  When interviewed by detectives with the Virginia Beach Police Department, he admitted to robbing the pharmacies.  He said he was dealing with an addiction that began after a surgical procedure, which the Commonwealth was able to confirm.


Associate Commonwealth’s Attorney Katherine E. Orsini prosecuted this case.  Please call Macie Pridgen if additional information is desired.​