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Russo's robbed

October 02, 2007|By HEATHER KEELS

HAGERSTOWN - Staff and customers were forced to the floor at gunpoint Monday afternoon at Russo's Pharmacy while two men with stockings over their heads stole more than $6,000 worth of drugs, pharmacy owner David Russo said.

Hagerstown Police said the men entered the store at 25 N. Cannon Ave. at about 2:50 p.m., and one showed a handgun while the other stole the drugs. The men then fled the store.

"It was kind of happening before we even realized it," Russo said. "They rushed the register, and one of them held the gun to us and made us all get down on the floor."

There were five staff members, one customer and two computer system trainers in the pharmacy at the time, Russo said. The men shouted threats and asked where the OxyContin was kept, Russo said. They emptied a trash can and ordered Russo to dump the drawer full of OxyContin into the trash bag, then made him get back on the floor before leaving, Russo said.

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It was all over within a minute, he said.

Staff members pushed panic buttons and called 911 immediately after the robbery, Russo said. Police arrived quickly, but efforts to track the men with K-9 unit dogs were unsuccessful, police said.

The department's Criminal Investigation Division was conducting a follow-up investigation, police said.

Russo said the pharmacy was burglarized years ago, but never had been robbed.

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