Police: Walgreens pharmacy robbed at gunpoint

Police: Walgreens pharmacy robbed at gunpoint

Credit: Lancaster Police Department

Police: Walgreens pharmacy robbed at gunpoint

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by ELIZABETH THOMAS / WCNC.com

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Posted on September 6, 2013 at 11:31 AM

Updated Friday, Sep 6 at 11:33 AM

LANCASTER, S.C. -- The suspect in an armed, daylight robbery of a Walgreens store is on the loose.

Lancaster Police responded to the Walgreens on the Highway 9 bypass just before 7 Wednesday night.

Police say the suspect approached the pharmacy calendar and started naming-off controlled substances like Xanax, Hydrocodone, Clonipin and Diazepam. The pharmacy tech didn't realize what was happening, police say, and asked the suspect what his question was, prompting the unidentified man to lift the front of his shirt and display something tucked-in to his waistband and say "I want it all, now".

The pharmacy tech told police she didn't see a gun, but did observe some type of object tucked into the man's waistband.

At this point, the pharmacy tech nudged the pharmacist who asked the suspect how she could help, and the man named the drugs and again demanded them, according to the police report.

The pharmacist retrieved a shopping bag and began grabbing the medications requested. The suspect then told the pharmacy employees "time was up" and demanded they hand over the drug, police say.

Meanwhile, a third employee saw the exchange between the employees and the suspect and stepped off to the side to call 911.

When the suspect began to exit the store, the employee on the phone with dispatch followed and confronted him. That's when, police say, the suspect pulled the gun from his pants and pointed it at the employee's face, while continuing to briskly walk out of the store.

The employee continued to follow the suspect outside, and was able to describe the suspect vehicle as a gray or tan four-door Toyota, that exited south onto Gillsbrook Road before turning onto Plantation Road. Witnesses say the suspect was the vehicle's only occupant.

Authorities were unable to locate the suspect vehicle.

The suspect is described as a white male wearing a burgundy hoodie and black shorts.

If you have any information that may assist law enforcement in this case, please call the Lancaster Police Department.

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