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Police seek man who stole medication in pharmacy robbery

April 05, 2006|by PEPPER BALLARD

Clear Spring Pharmacy was robbed of prescription medicine Tuesday morning by a man who threatened to have a weapon, Washington County Sheriff's Department Investigator Chris Weaver said.

No one was injured, and deputies were still searching for the robber Tuesday afternoon, Weaver said.

When the man entered the store just before noon, he ordered the workers there to the ground, Weaver said. The pharmacists directed him to the medicine, he said.

The robber left with "an undetermined amount of medication," Weaver said. He said Tuesday afternoon that store management was still evaluating whether any cash had been taken.

The M&T Bank across Mulberry Street from the pharmacy was robbed March 24.

Weaver said, "We have nothing to believe they're related at this point."

Investigator Ryan Shifflet said the M&T Bank robbery is still under investigation.

The pharmacy's entrance faces Mulberry Street, which is off Md. 68 near the town's Interstate 70 exit.

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The pharmacy's owner, Jerry Aleshire, 57, said the pharmacy has been at its location since 1999 after moving from the other end of town. He said that the pharmacy, which has been in business since 1997, was robbed once before at the former location. Clear Spring Pharmacy is the town's only pharmacy, he said.

"Everybody's fine. We were lucky," Aleshire said.

He said clerks are trained to pay attention to the appearance of robbers.

Weaver said the robber was described as a white man about 6 feet 2 inches tall and about 185 pounds. He was wearing a white baseball hat, a white sweat shirt and blue jeans. The robber was wearing dark sunglasses and a red bandana over his face. Clerks said that the robber, who was in his 20s to 30s, had dark hair and some stubble, Weaver said.

No one saw which direction the robber ran, he said.

Weaver asks anyone with information about the robbery to call the Sheriff's Department at 301-791-3020.

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