Rite-Aid robbery suspect arrested
by GREG KAYLOR, Banner Staff Writer
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Federal charges could be pending after the arrest of a man who reportedly has been responsible for a number of robberies, including one in Cleveland.

Thomas Vichael Holland, 47, was arrested in Hamilton County after a pharmacy robbery in Chattanooga.

According to Cleveland Police Department officer Evie West, Holland has also been linked to the Rite-Aid robbery on Paul Huff Parkway that occurred on July 22.

According to earlier reports from West, Holland entered the Rite-Aid location on Paul Huff and Mouse Creek Road around 8 p.m.

He allegedly demanded prescription drugs via “a note he handed to the pharmacist,” West said.

Holland also reportedly had a firearm stuffed into the waistband of his pants.

A photo lineup aided in the alleged connection of the Hamilton County and Cleveland robberies, according to West.

According to West, the man took an “undisclosed amount of prescription narcotics.”

This was after he reportedly showed a handgun to store staff.

The firearm was reportedly tucked in the waistband of his jeans.

According to earlier reports, the lone robber was described as being a white male in his early 40s, wearing jeans and a blue checkered shirt. He was also wearing a cap and sunglasses.

After reviewing video footage of the robbery, investigators determined the man fled the scene on foot.

Chattanooga law enforcement responded to a CVS Pharmacy in Hixson after the pharmacist there reportedly hit Holland with a metal pipe during a robbery at the store on July 18. Holland was taken to a hospital for treatment and then booked into the Hamilton County Jail on July 18, according to CPD detective Daniel Gibbs.

Investigators believe he is linked to robberies in Texas and Arizona as well.

Holland is in custody in Hamilton County under a $75,000 bond.