Police search for man who robbed Rock Hill drug store

Police search for man who robbed Rock Hill drug store


by WCNC.com Staff


Posted on July 30, 2013 at 10:55 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 30 at 4:47 PM

ROCK HILL, S.C. -- Rock Hill police are looking for a man who robbed a drug store at gunpoint on Tuesday morning.

Police said a man with a gun walked into the closed store and took an undisclosed amount of cash from the CVS Pharmacy on Cherry Road at 5:40 a.m.

Two employees were in the store at the time of the robbery but were not injured during the robbery, according to police.

The robber is described as a man that had on dark pants, a hoodie and a Halloween type mask that covered his facial features and hands with gloves.

Police said the suspect fled on foot toward North Avenue and appeared to jump into a vehicle.

If anyone has information regarding this robbery, please contact York County Crime Stoppers at 1-877-409-4321.

The video shows the armed robbery taking place. Two employees and the armed gunman are seen returning from the back of the store.

"He came in verbally and demanded, I want some drugs, take me back to the pharmacy and they said the pharmacy was closed and he didn't believe them, so he forced them to the back of the store, and the pharmacy was in fact closed,” said Officer Mark Bollinger with the Rock Hill Police Department.

"It's obvious from talking with the detectives, they (employees) were pretty shaken by the incident and frustrated, that that store was robbed again.”

When the suspect realized the drugs were not accessible, he opted to steal the cash in the register. The video show the suspect yanking the register as the clerk handed him individual bills.

“He had those Halloween mask, but it was like one of those ugly, man mask,  it was grayish, greenish, colored face. He had on a dark hoodie, dark trousers and gloves so you couldn't see any skin,” said Bollinger.

The suspect was also wearing a backpack and covered from head-to-toe, even wearing gloves. Despite a suspect description sent out on previous text alerts, police say the description is vague.

“The only reason we could tell he is a man was from his voice, we can't tell his ethnicity or anything else,” said Bollinger.

Bollinger says the canine track revealed the suspect had probably jumped into a vehicle less than 20 yards from the store.

Police did find some bills from his backpacks that fell out in the parking lot.

Lashondria Guinn a sophomore at Winthrop University says students are talking about what had happened before class. Since she parking close to campus and walks to class, she feels the alerts are helping in giving her an idea of what is going on.

“If I would have saw him, I would have instantly called 911 and tried to get over to campus police,” she said.

“I'm very concerned, because if he is not caught yet, there is no telling where he could be. He could be hiding and I wouldn't want him to pop up on me,” said Guinn.