Police: Delray man robbed Walgreens stores to support $350-a-day drug habit

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A Delray Beach man arrested last week in connection with multiple Walgreens store robberies told authorities he committed the crimes to feed his cocaine and heroin addictions, according to police reports made public Friday.

Daniel Edelstein, 34, said he spent about $150 per day on heroin and $200 per day on cocaine, the reports said. He was arrested Sept. 17 after authorities tracked him to a hotel in Osceola County, south of Orlando.

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Edelstein had been wanted in connection to at least five robberies that occurred since early September in Palm Beach and Broward counties. He was transferred to the Palm Beach County Jail on Thursday, where he is being held without bail. Edelstein was most recently residing at a halfway house in Delray Beach, police said.

Police say he used a knife during most of the robberies.  Prior to the Sept. 17 arrest, Edelstein began that day robbing a Walgreens on South Federal Highway, according to Delray Beach police. He allegedly entered the store early that morning and approached the register to buy a lighter. When the cashier opened the cash register to give him change, Edelstein  reportedly pulled a knife and demanded that the register be left open.

He grabbed $300 to $500 in cash, then fled, police said. Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office investigators say that two days earlier, Edelstien stole an undisclosed amount of cash from a Walgreens on South Military Trail in suburban West Palm Beach.

Boca Raton police used information shared by other law-enforcement agencies to link Edelstein to a Sept. 6 robbery at a Walgreens on Southwest Second Avenue.  He pretended he was buying cigarettes, but instead demanded that cashier open the cash register  and”give me everything,” police said.

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