MOUNT CARMEL — A Locust Gap woman was incarcerated on $20,000 cash bail for allegedly carrying a loaded gun without a license into a CVS. The store went into lockdown when she claimed a female was threatening her.
Mount Carmel Township Chief Brian Hollenbush said on Feb. 12 a pharmacy technician at the store just outside the borough line on Locust Gap Highway contacted police stating a woman ran into the store claiming she was in fear for her life after a woman threatened to shoot her.
The store was on lockdown when Hollenbush arrived. He was led to the back of the store where the woman, Debby Lynn Beaver, 50, of 170 Railroad St., Locust Gap, was sitting. When describing the woman Beaver said threatened her, Hollenbush said she gave a description that matched her own body and clothing.
Hollenbush said Beaver was seen on security footage at the front of the store with a handgun that she placed in her purse before walking inside and directly to the pharmacy area.
Hollenbush said he made Patrolman Kelly Campbell and Mount Carmel Patrolman William Adamski, who had also responded, aware Beaver had a gun in her purse, and it was immediately confiscated. He said the Sig Sauer P220 .45 caliber had three rounds in the magazine but none in the chamber. The hammer was in the firing position.
Campbell and Adamski located two capped hypodermic needles in her purse and a spent round, along with another bullet found in a cigarette box. Police were unable to identify anyone on surveillance videos or in the area that matched the description of the woman Beaver said threatened her.
Beaver was charged with a felony count of carrying a firearm without a license and other charges of false alarms to agencies of public safety, possession of drug paraphernalia and disorderly conduct.