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Gunman robs Pa. pharmacy

June 27, 2006|by DON AINES

ST. THOMAS, Pa. - The Modnur Inc. Pharmacy, 4495 Lincoln Way West, was held up Monday by a masked gunman who stole prescription medicines and fled in a vehicle driven by a woman, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

The robbery took place about 12:15 p.m. when the man entered the drug store, approached the pharmacy area, pulled out a semiautomatic handgun and demanded the prescription medications, said Cpl. Bernard Stanalonis. Medications were handed over to the man, who left the store without stealing any cash or robbing any customers, he said.

He said no one was injured in the robbery.

Stanalonis said the man was white, about 5 feet, 10 inches tall with a husky build and appeared to be in his mid-30s. He wore a black mask, a blue shirt and dark pants.

The man got into an older model maroon or purple station wagon driven by a heavyset white woman, Stanalonis said. The direction they went was not known, but Stanalonis said east on U.S. 30 was not likely because a number of police cars were heading for the store in response to calls police were getting about the robbery.

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"We were receiving 911 calls from people inside the pharmacy" as the crime took place, he said.

Stanalonis said Monday afternoon that investigators were still out and he did not know the type of medications stolen, or how many employees or customers were in the store during the robbery.

Police had not taken anyone into custody, police said Monday night.

Monday afternoon a hand-printed sign on the door stated the store was closed due to an emergency.

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