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Police search for man who stole drugs from pharmacy

October 24, 2002|by CANDICE BOSELY

martinsburg@herald-mail.com

HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. - Police searched by ground and by air for a man in his 60s who walked into a Hedgesville pharmacy Wednesday and threatened employees before taking a large amount of prescription medication, police said.

The man had not been taken into custody Wednesday night.

The robbery happened around 1:15 p.m. when the man walked into Reed's Pharmacy in the Hedgesville Centre, a shopping complex on W.Va. 9 a few miles west of Martinsburg, W.Va. The man had a prescription to be filled, said Chief Deputy Kenneth Lemaster of the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department.

The suspect threatened a clerk and pharmacist, but never showed a weapon, Lemaster said. After taking the drugs, the man walked toward a housing complex behind the center.

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He left his pick-up truck parked out front. Police towed it, said Deputy Steve Crites, the investigating officer.

A West Virginia State Police K-9 was brought to the scene, but lost the suspect's scent, Crites said.

A helicopter from Maryland State Police flew overhead for about an hour, but nobody inside the helicopter was able to spot the man, Lemaster said.

No cash was taken.

A few hours after the robbery, a clerk at the pharmacy declined to comment.

The suspect was described as a white man wearing a blue zip-up jacket and blue sweat pants.

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