Ex-Holyoke man pleads guilty to pharmacy robberies

A former Holyoke, Mass., man has pleaded guilty in federal court in Hartford to numerous pharmacy robberies in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. Federal prosecutors said Dalbert Rodriguez was arrested in November and charged with an armed robbery of a CVS store in East Hartford. Authorities said he showed a handgun to the pharmacist and stole numerous bottles of pills from a safe. Rodriguez, 30, pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of conspiracy to interfere with commerce through robbery. Prosecutors said he also admitted robbing and participating in 10 other pharmacy robberies between June 2013 and November 2013 in Western Massachusetts, Central Connecticut, and Providence.